Yesterday an ‘older’ friend said: ‘I wake up each morning and realise I’m alive. God has given me another day…’
Jesus taught his disciples to pray: ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’ It’s the picture of the Children of Israel gathering their bread – their manna – every morning. Enough for today.
I can ask for more. I can try to plan my future and want weekly or monthly bread. Jesus says: ‘Don’t worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself.’ Daily bread is sufficient.
“One day more! Another day, another destiny.
This never-ending road to Calvary;”
This song comes at the climax of Les Misérables. ‘One day more’ has different meanings for different characters. Some are planning revolution, some looking for justice, some seeking love, some examining business opportunities…
The next day will change everybody’s lives. Problems will be resolved, whatever the painful climax of their Calvary…
“Tomorrow we’ll discover what our God in Heaven has in store!
One more dawn, one more day, one day more!”
Xerxes is the powerful king of a large ancient nation. Esther, a Jewish girl, becomes part of his harem.
Esther could prevent the death of many Jews. She is a particular person, in a particular place, at a particular time with a particular opportunity.
Her wise Uncle Mordecai, sends her a message: ‘…who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?’ The easy, comfortable way is silence or inaction. You could be the person to act – today!
I can look at closed doors or doors I have already been through. I can dwell on past successes or disappointments.
Today is new experience, uncertain but with new opportunities. Today may be particularly important to me or someone I encounter. A new door may be opening.
Ref: Matthew 6:11, 34,“One day more” from Les Miserables (1988) (Alain Albert Boublil & Claude Michel Schonberg); Esther 4:14