Hi Confirmees & Parents,
The opportunities we have in this country are amazing and so are the students who pursue their dreams. That wasn’t always the case – it certainly wasn’t for me. Growing up in Germany, as it recovered from the devastation left by WWII, meant that opportunities and privileges were far and few in between.
Have a read of what it was like for the old man living in former East Germany. What do you make of his story? (see page 53 of your journal).
The next petition in the Lord’s Prayer is: “Give us this day our daily bread.” What do you think about a lifestyle that trusts God a day at a time for all our provision; especially since we store up so much food, have shops and fast food places filled with food? This prayer seems to have no meaning for us when it comes to our need for ‘daily bread.’ But just have a think about the reality of life – how life is actually lived. It says on the last paragraph: ‘God gives life one day at a time … Today is all you have. Don’t waist it.’
So now we have the setting for us to explore it deeper: WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
On page 54 there are a few Bible passages to have a look at and a few questions to explore with your parents. I especially would be interested in hearing your reflections on the 2nd question under ‘Role Play.’ (send me your thoughts: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Enjoy the FAITH 5 sharing during the week. I particularly like the bible verse for day #6 “Jesus said to them: I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
“Give us this day our Daily Bread …
What do you need to sustain life and become productive? What do we want to be successful and popular? Is there a difference between ‘need’ and ‘want,’ and if so, how does this part of the prayer address my actual needs? Perhaps ‘daily bread’ can be thought of as something more than just breakfast. Is there a link between physical needs and spiritual concerns? Find out more…
I can’t wait to hear from you
Pastor Dirk Willner