Give Us This Day…

September 13, 2021
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Exodus 16:12b – At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God. (NRSV)

At the start of the pandemic, much caught us by surprise. The stores ran out of any and every kind of sanitizer; there was no PPE to be found. Did we even know what PPE was? We were told not to "speak moistly", to wear a mask, and to "stay the blazes home". Then, there was the run on the grocery stores. What disappeared first? Flour. In one of the world's largest producers of flour, it became impossible to buy. And then? Yeast! How could yeast be on the endangered list? But no cloud is so dark that there is not a silver lining, so guess what we realized? Yeast is all around us. It is in the air and in the flour, and yeast can grow if given time and the right conditions. Sour dough became the commodity of choice, and I learned to make everything from bread to biscuits to cinnamon buns!

Folks, it is often in our desperation that we learn amazing lessons. The lesson from the yeast and flour is that God's love is all around us — in every breath we take, in every space we inhabit — it simply is. The catechism asks, "Where is God?" and answers, "God is everywhere." The psalmist reminds us that there is no place where God is not.

Psalm 139:7-8 – Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. (NRSV)

It may take a crisis, or a trauma, or heaven knows what, to get us to realize this truth. The love and grace of God abounds here, there, and everywhere — yes, in the midst of panic and pandemic, in spite of chaos and COVID. You can chew on this truth as you begin your day!

Prayer: Jesus, You seek for us to be like the yeast that surrounds us — a leaven to help all rise into Your presence. Wherever the journey takes us today, encourage us to make a difference in the lives of others. Amen.

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Kenn Stright <kennethstright@yahoo.ca>
West Petpeswick, Nova Scotia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    THANK YOU!


    Comforting words, Kenn.


    Thanks, Kenn for today’s devotional.


    Thanks, Kenn, a good devotional as usual. Do take care. Blessings.


    Thanks, Kenn for making this simple truth, personal and necessary! Helps me.


    Kenn, did you also try Irish soda bread and bannock? Thanks for a timely, tasty lesson.


    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. It gave me a chuckle! Blessings.


    Hi Kenn
    Thank you for this message today. It is so true how we can let circumstances put us in panic mode instead of in the hands of Christ.
    God bless.


    Hello Kenn,
    Thank you for another of your very thoughtful and mindful devotionals. Yes, we must be ever thankful that God is always right there for us and ready to serve us in any situation. Blessings for the writings you submit for the devotionals.


    Good morning Kenn,
    Great analogy about yeast and God being everywhere and that sometimes we need a crisis for us to remember. I believe it does sometimes take a difficulty in order for us to learn to trust God. God provides ways for us to learn a lesson which we need in order to grow our faith, even though we would rather not go through the tough times.
    As I join with you in your prayer today, may I feel God’s hand guiding me to make a difference in his world. May God continue to encourage you to share your thoughts with others and to be encouraged. Thank you and many blessings.

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