“We pray for daily bread not to remind God that we need it, but that He would lead us to realize that He is the giver and that we would receive it with thanksgiving. That word ‘thanksgiving’ happens to be the English translation of the Greek word ‘eucharist.’ Apart from the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, there would be no mercy and no providence, no bread for hungry people. It is only because the Father has reconciled us to Himself in the Son and declared us righteous that He loves us and that anyone, believer or not, has anything close to what is necessary for this body and life.”
Pr. David H. Petersen — excerpt from his sermon on Laetare (John 6:1-15), included in his upcoming sermon book.