When sharing the Love Feast on Sunday, I invited people to think about our daily spiritual bread as we ate our bread or cake. The fifth line of the Lord’s prayer (‘Give us this day our daily bread’) in Aramaic reads: Havlan lachma d’sunqanan yaomana.
In his book ‘The Hidden Gospel’, Neil Douglas Klotz says that Lachma means both bread and understanding, or, more broadly, that which feeds the “I”, which can be physically, emotionally or spiritually . The prayer asks not only for physical bread but for whatever nourishes a healthy sense of “I am”.
We can make that more real by feeding each other. As we gathered figuratively around the Holy table, where all have a place and there is enough for everyone, we are reminded that one of the most precious things we can give each other is our support, within the bounds of our limitations.
A prayer by George Appleton:
Grant me, O Lord, an understanding heart, that I may see into the hearts of thy people, and know their strengths and weaknesses, their hopes and despairs, their efforts and failures, their need of love and their need to love. Through my touch with them grant comfort and hope, and the assurance that new life begins at any age and on any day, redeeming the past, sanctifying the present, and brightening the future with the assurance of thy unfailing love, brought to me in Jesus Christ, thy Son, my Lord. Amen.