Give Us

“Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11

By: Gabriela Yareliz

I was listening to an old Kidd Kraddick in the Morning podcast from 2013. Kidd Kraddick was still alive and was the main host of the radio show.

He was reading a letter sent in from a woman who had been struggling financially. She said she had been at a super market buying eggs and bread, or something like that, when her card was declined. She was humiliated that she didn’t have money to pay. She began to cry and walk away from the register, leaving her groceries, when a man stepped in and paid for her groceries.

She was so stunned. Then, the man picked something up off of the floor. It was money. He said, “Miss, you dropped this.” She assured him she hadn’t dropped anything. Then, she noticed he was trying to give her money in a subtle way. She was so stunned she took the money, and she said she was so shocked she didn’t even remember if she thanked the man. She took her groceries home and then counted the money the man had given her. There were $200 dollars. She was shocked. She used this money to buy more food.

She asked the cashier if she knew who the man was; the one who had paid her bill. The cashier told her it was J-si Chavez from the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show. The woman wrote the letter to the show to say thank you. J-si had no idea the letter had come in and was going to be read on air.

J-si simply said, when I saw her, I saw myself seeing my singleĀ mother struggling when money was tight.

This story touched me deeply. You see, part of the model prayer says, “Give us this day our daily bread.” It doesn’t say “give me this day my daily bread.” Instead, it’s in the plural. We all belong to each other. We aren’t just to worry about ourselves, but instead, we are to care for one another. I loved when J-si talked about identifying with the woman he helped. That’s often what it takes. We must stop long enough to see someone else where they are and realize that could have been or has been us in the past.

We are God’s hands and feet. We all need each other.

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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