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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Small Catechism – part 243

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From the Word: And it happened that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers each. And all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses. (Exodus 16:22)

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism, Daily Prayers

Table Grace

Children and the rest of the household should go to the table with folded hands and reverently say: “The eyes of all look to you, O Lord, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing” (from Psalm 145:15–16).

(Note that to satisfy desire means that all living things receive enough to eat that they are joyful and happy. Anxiety and greed hinder such satisfaction.)

Then the Lord’s Prayer should be prayed, and following it, this prayer:

Lord God, Heavenly Father, bless us and these Thy gifts, which we take from Thy bountiful goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Pulling It Together: There are many lessons to be learned in this one verse. Let us learn one: that we may depend upon God for our daily bread, just as that wilderness congregation could. The whole world lives in a different sort of wilderness today. Ours does not wander; it is stuck at home. Ours is not a large congregation, but individuals and family units isolated from larger family, neighbor, church, and even work. Our wilderness trial looks different but the lesson remains the same. So, let the Christian hear. There is no reason to hoard. God still provides in the wilderness.

Prayer: I depend upon you, Lord, faithful to open your hand of bounty even in times such as these. Amen.

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