Thursday, April 30
Presbytery of Yukon
Stewardship is more than just dealing with money; it is about using all the gifts the Creator has given. Many people know the Lord’s Prayer. One of its most basic petitions—“Give us this day our daily bread”—may be understood in various ways. Not least among our own responses should be gratitude for the life all around us and care not to abuse what we’ve already been provided.
“Give us this day our daily bread.” In 2013 the Native Alaskan people in the villages of Gambell and Savoonga on Saint Lawrence Island were not able to hunt their traditional food of walrus and seal because of the shrinking of the Arctic ice pack. Harvesting only a third of the normal amount, the villages have been forced to look to other resources.
Mainland villages have shared part of the catch from their subsistence hunting. And Presbyterian sessions and deacons have acted by starting community food banks for their villages.
To further complicate matters, the area’s marine animals, the main protein source for its people, contain high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Chemical waste left by the military in the 1950s is often cited as a major source of PCBs in Alaska’s waters.
“Give us our daily bread” is not just part of a prayer, but a way of life—of leaning into God’s reign by using the gifts we have to care for each other and the rest of creation. We are all called to be caregivers and to trust in the God who comes alongside to give us a taste of the heavenly bread.
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Almighty God, open our eyes and hearts that we may know you in our daily bread—both as we receive it from your hand and as we pass it on. Amen.