In the days following the Second World War, the Allied Forces gathered the hungry and homeless children of Europe and put them into special care units. There they were tenderly cared for. They were given warm clothes to wear, plenty of good food, and lots of love.
They were well cared for, and yet the children were restless as they slept at night. The staff members pondered the situation. Then one day a bright young psychologist came up with an idea. When the children were put to bed, they were given a slice of bread just to hold in their hands. If they were hungry, they were given more food to eat, but this piece of bread was there just to be held. And the children who had known only hunger and heartache peacefully fell asleep knowing that there would be plenty of food to eat tomorrow.
I wonder, does anyone feel like they have been through the war? Has anyone had everything near and dear to them ripped away? Anyone not sure what tomorrow will bring?
It could be that you are living in the wake of a divorce and every day is a severe struggle. It could be that your kids are making all kinds of bad decisions, are far from God, and you wonder if they will ever get their stuff together. It could be that your business is teetering back and forth and all you can see is dark, stormy days on the horizon. It could be that your once robust health is nothing but a distant memory and now you just hurt all over, all the time.
Just getting through today is tough. And the future? The future is so scary that we just don’t want to think about it.
Today God is offering you a piece of bread to hold in your hands — The promise better days to come. It’s found in the familiar lines of John 14:1-3 NIV –
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
Dan Martella is administrative pastor for the Paradise Church in California and managing editor for Best Practices for Adventist Ministry