Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on January 31, 2013.
Prayer: Pray the Lord's Prayer and pay particular attention to the phrase "Give us today our daily bread." Reflect on the meaning of that line of the prayer.
Reading: Exodus 16: 2-15 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
When have you felt that you've had too much of something? When have you felt that you've had too little of something? When have you felt that you've had just enough of something? Those are questions on my mind as I read our story for today.
It also reminds me of the summer of government surplus peanut butter. During my first summer on Mount Luther Staff, we had large quantities of peanut butter from the federal government. And our cook that summer found every possible way to use it. We, of course, had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and we also had peanut butter Rice Crispy Treats, peanut butter pie, and other desserts that used peanut butter. The weirdest was peanut butter strawberry jello. I didn't have the nerve to try it but I heard it was awful!
Despite the fact that most of the staff got sick of peanut butter that summer, God provided for us. Just as the Israelites were provided with manna, we were provided with peanut butter. God will provide enough for all his children. We just have to accept what God gives us! -Chad Hershberger
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