Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Blessed with enough...

Isaiah 61:8-9
For I the LORD love justice,
I hate robbery and wrongdoing;
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their descendants shall be known among the nations,
and their offspring among the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge
that they are a people whom the LORD has blessed.
often times I think in terms of two categories:
Scarcity and Abundance,
Lately, I've been adding another category:

Often times I hear talk of 
Your Abundant blessings,
I worry that such talk suggests
we ALL should have/expect Abundance,
that Abundance is what You want 
for us and all people.
And certainly, Lord, You do 
shower Abundant blessings upon us.

But I'm not so sure Your desire
is for us to have Abundance,
but rather You desire that 
us and all people have 

Isn't that what You gave Your people 
wandering in the wilderness after the exodus?
Enough manna; 
enough quail; 
enough water.
Those who tried to have Abundance,
those who gathered more than Enough, 
an Abundance of manna,
they found the Abundance spoiled.
Enough was enough for that day. (see Exodus 16:13-30)

Jesus, you taught us to pray:
"Give us this day our daily bread."
Enough bread for today.
Give us Enough.

And yet, Lord, 
many of us do have Abundance.
If Your desire is for us to have Enough,
what should we do with Abundance?
The Bible stories seem clear:
Abundance is to be shared so all have Enough.

Indeed, I've become to think
You have gifted some 
with the spiritual gift of creating Abundance
in order that it may be shared.
Too often we forget the sharing;
too often our abundance spoils
just like the manna of exodus.

Today, Lord,
during this Advent season,
I have Enough!
Thank you.
Help me share your Abundance
so that others may also have Enough.
"Give us this day our daily bread."

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