“and forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors”. ..”Our debt is what is owed to God, with our debtors owing us something that is due. What we owe God , made in His image and likeness as we are, is to live as He is and not “change like shifting shadows” James 1:17. What we owe each other is the same thing. We have all been undervalued, short-changed and overlooked. And we have all undervalued, short-changed and overlooked others. I know I am very happy to accept the forgiveness of Papa God. Forgiving others doesn’t necessarily make me happy, but it makes me free. Wikipedia defines forgiveness as “the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense.” God engaged in that intentional and voluntary process in the life, purpose and person of Jesus Christ. He has freely given to us, can we respond with anything less.
” give us this day our daily bread”…the answer to this request will always be yes. I don’t know why I don’t ask every day. Given the picture we have of maggoty manna, my only response can be “silly me!” Existence is sustained by Him; good physical growth comes from good food, clean water, fresh air. How much more then do we have in Jesus for our spiritual health : He is the best Bread of Heaven, broken open for us, the purist Living Water flowing from the Source of all things, the freshest Breath of the Almighty invigorating us as we breathe Him in and He increases our capacity for always more. Give me these things daily my Father of all delights and surpassing glory …my daily Bread , my daily Jesus, my moment by moment eternal weight of Glory. His answer is already there. Yes, I will.