THE BREAD OF ANGELS

© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

Psalm 78:23-29 — New Revised Standard Version (redacted)

Yet he commanded the skies above,
and opened the doors of heaven;
he rained down on them manna to eat,
and gave them the grain of heaven.
Mortals ate of the bread of angels;
he sent them food in abundance.
He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens,
and by his power he led out the south wind;
he rained flesh upon them like dust,
winged birds like the sand of the seas;
he let them fall within their camp,
all around their dwellings.
And they ate and were well filled,
for he gave them what they craved.

Reality in Perspective #17

Reality in Perspective #17

The writer of the Psalm
remembering the hunger,
isolation, fear,
and desperation
of a people lost and
depressed and
hopeless.
Most of us have been to this place.
Most of us have hit the proverbial wall
with our lives in disarray and defeated,
and feeling just a little unconsolable.
And let me say it to those of us
who have been there,
we are the lucky ones.
We are the ones
who stretched the rubber-band too far.
We are the ones
who tested the far lines of our abilities.
We are the ones
who pushed the envelope so far it tore.
We are the ones
who discovered what lay
beyond the safety zone where our lives,
as we knew them,
ceased to be and eating
the bread of angels
we became a whole new creation.
Thinking for a moment.
Pondering the past.
Considering consequences.
Remembering rescue.
What form
did your deep need take?
In what configuration
did your manna come?
How sweet
did this bread of angels taste?
I am assuming that your help has come,
and you have been delivered.
I am also assuming that
if not,
it is either on the way,
or it has already come
and you didn’t recognize it,
and you won’t for years to come.
Deliverance
is always a breath away.
The breath
needs not actually carry a prayer,
it only asks to be breathed.
The time has come for love,
and with the love
that falls from the doors of heaven
comes an offering
of the life-giving bread of angels.
Let us eat together…

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