Grace and Peace to you.
In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron “You have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” Then the Holy One said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you.” … In the morning thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Holy One has given you to eat.” The people of Israel called the bread manna.
—Exodus 16. 2-4, 13-15
We sigh as we sit hungrily in our tents, amidst fields of manna. We never seem to recognize it at first, and even when we do it’s a mystery. (“Manna” is Hebrew for “What’s that?”) But God provides for us grace we haven’t earned, a harvest we never planted, blessing that comes from the heart of God.
Every day is manna. Each breath is a feast of life, granted by the hand of mystery, full of infinite blessing, offered for us to have abundant life. Every moment is a gift, overflowing from God’s grace, connecting us with God, inviting us to digest that grace, to take it in and make it a part of ourselves. You can’t analyze it, understand it, or make sense of it; you can hardly describe it, or even name it. “What’s-it?” may have to do. All you can do is receive it, take it in, and live on it.
Every moment is manna. It looks unremarkable or even unidentifiable, but it’s God’s grace. Today, look for the manna. Take what you need.
A low-pressure system of extravagance
will rain blessing upon us,
coming our of a direction we never suspect.
Despite partially clouded awareness,
low-lying hearts may be inundated with gratitude.
Expect flash floods of grace today and tomorrow,
with drifts of blessing reaching two feet—or two hands.
Copyright © Steve Garnaas-Holmes