do not begrudge me them before I die:
keep falsehood and lies far from me
give me neither poverty nor riches,
grant me only my share of bread to eat. Proverbs 30:7-8
Grant me only my share of bread to eat... Grant us only our share of bread to eat... that we may share it... and break it with our sisters, our families, our friends.
Grant us only our share of bread... our share of the Bread of Life, of God's life, of grace and blessings... but only our share. May we be willing to break bread with others, both literally and symbolically. May we welcome both friends and strangers to the table of our listening hearts.
Grant us only our share of bread. May we be willing to give to others that bread that has been given to us. May we share what has been a blessing, perhaps even share the pain and injury that we might be healed together as we share bread, at the dinner table, at the table of Eucharist. May we be more concerned with what others lack than what we feel we deserve. May we be bread for others. May we be bread that has risen, whose warmed leavened heart has been transformed, that has broken out of restrictions that keep it from being shared and being nourishment.
Grant us only our share of bread. May we be grateful for the many loaves of bread, the many hugs, the many miles others walk with us, for the love of God that comes from our sisters' smiles, our parent's wisdom, our friends' questions and compassion. Grant us only our share of bread to eat... and to share.
Thanks to Sr. Immaculata for baking the bread shown in this posting. Thanks to Christine Zollner who inspired this reflection with her art work.
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