I am preaching at a favourite place this Sunday, on The Lord will provide.
One of the fascinating debates surrounds the meaning of the word translated in the Lord's Prayer as "daily".
Give us today bread sufficient for today
Give us today bread sufficient to give us strength to work tomorrow for our daily bread.
In the middle of the Lord's prayer there is this crusty plain loaf, and for me that is the essence of the Lord will provide.
The hallowing of the Name, the coming of the Kingdom, forgiveness and deliverance, and at the centre - daily bread.
So what do I pray for when Syrian helicopter gunships turn their lethal weapons on safe zones and bread lines?
What do I mean when I say the Lord will provide, when news images show hungry people queuing for daily bread being used as target practice by a regime gone rabid?
I deeply believe and trust in the Lord who provides.
But I deeply believe in the Lord of justice, righteousness and mercy - and I see none of that in Syria, and countless other places.
But I believe - and because I believe I hope - but there are times when human behaviour makes me despair.