By Lisa Huddleston
Give us this day our daily bread.
Jesus taught his followers to voice this prayer.
A daily request to meet their needs for 24 hours and no more.
I wish it had been different.
Give us this day the bread that we need for the rest of our lives.
Help us to be full and to stay that way.
Keep us from the pains of hunger and the soul-sucking emptiness of despair.
Daily bread is just that.
And I want more.
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And He gives me more—forgiveness for the past.
For everything I’ve done that’s revealed my emptiness.
Terrible words and actions that have come from me and through me and to me.
Wounds I have inflicted and received.
Forgiveness poured out on me as I have poured it over others.
Those who have misunderstood and misjudged and misrepresented.
He gives me more.
And lead us not into temptation.
Then there’s the future.
Lying before me with empty space that will be filled with daily bread.
Do I trust Him for it?
Do I have any choice?
Will I receive His bread or will I give myself and others stones
To be poured over and over with the oil of forgiveness?
Crumbs or pebbles? Loaves or boulders?
The stuff of sustenance or the breaking of teeth?
On Earth as it is in Heaven.
Please, fill me, Lord.
Yesterday, today, and tomorrow.