‘Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread’

Our anticipation of normality has played a trick on us. We seek our comfortable routine and we want to walk on the well worn paths of our lives. Just now I am sitting in my loft and listening to the steady rain that is falling outside. It has rained much of the day and will rain throughout the night and into tomorrow. It is 11:18 in my neck of the woods. Thoughts of Thanksgiving and Christmas are in my head…as well as our 2020 pandemic. It will soon be 4 days until our national election. The presidential election is dominating our airwaves…as it usually does. There is enough angst to go around…there is enough for each of us to have our fair share…

Remember the popular song of days gone by, ‘Those Were the Days,’ and the next line, ‘We thought they would never end…’

‘Once upon a time there was a tavern were we used to raise a glass or two

‘Remember how we laughed away the hours and think of all the great things we would do.’

‘Then the busy years went rushing by us. We lost our starry notions along the way.’

‘If by chance I’d see you in the tavern. We’d smile at one another and we’d say.’

‘Those were the days my friend. We thought they’d never end. We’d sing and dance forever and a day. We’d live the life we choose. We’d fight and never loose. Those were the days, Oh yes those were the days.’

The song sums up how many of us have felt over the majority of 2020. But…things will get better! This is not the first time our planet has experienced a pandemic. This is not the first time we have gone through a crisis. ‘Those Were the Days,’ was written in 1968…I was 11 years old. One of MJ and my good friends wrote her an email, the other day, and she said that a blog that I had written had encouraged her. He kind words make it all worth while. I have had a desire and a passion since I was a child…to help others or to make someone feel better… I had a share of sadness as a little boy and I was constantly trying to make things better.

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So much of our lives have no roadmap or GPS to guide us. We can be guided by our fellow human beings who are traveling this peculiar journey with us… There are seasons when we are bored…when we should be happy… There are times when we are sick and sad and troubled…and we look longingly at the times when we were bored…and protected…and without worry…

I wonder if when we pass from this life and have the opportunity to look back upon it if we will wonder…’What was that!’ Or will we see the beauty and the love and the understanding of living though a profound struggle with a heavenly father who provided our daily bread…and the loving arms of friends who held us up on our rocky and joyful journey…

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