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Give us this day our daily bread is interesting It is an imperative

Give us this day our daily bread is interesting
It is an imperative
As though it is in Abba's power to give us bread
It is also recurrent 
Daily implies every day including today 
And finally it is our bread 
It belongs to us 

It as as if Abba has something of ours 
And that's the nub 

This is saying make sure we get our bread today 
It is entitlement a right 
We are asking Abba to see to it that we are fed 
When we are not fed 
something is standing between us and Abba 
How about poverty 
How about scarcity 
How about selfishness 
How about greed 
If the bread is ours to begin with 
we are asking Abba to clear away these possible barriers 
We are assuming that Abba has the power 
to conquer poverty and greed and all these other things 

And so Abba does 
but only as we understand the truth 
We are entitled 
Entitlement is not a dirty word 
It refers to a right 
We ask for bread and expect to receive 
... our daily bread

And let us be clear
this is everything that nurtures us
Call it entitlement
Call it a safety net
But this prayer means more
Our daily bread means
our portion of what is needed to 
enjoy life liberty and the pursuit of happiness

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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…