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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Gas and Bread on the Rise

The average price of a gallon of gas in the United States has reached $4.00. A loaf of bread averages about $3.00. We all may have to walk more and eat less to stretch our income in these inflationary times, but walking more and eating less may lead to weight loss and better health. I wouldn’t mind shedding a few pounds and acquiring better health. How about you?

Frankly, when I accompany Gloria to the grocery store, I can’t look a loaf of bread in the wrapper. It’s too painful to read the price. I worked every summer in retail bread sales from 1952 to 1957 and sold bread for 12 cents a loaf. Donuts were 29 cents a dozen, and a pie or double-layered cake was 45 cents. Try to find one donut today for 33 cents or a piece of pie or cake for 45 cents!

So, times have changed, and the changing times have brought soaring costs of goods and services. But the best things in life never change. The Bible remains God’s infallible, authoritative Word. Prayer is as powerful as ever. Salvation is still God’s gift freely bestowed on all who trust in Jesus as Savior. And our heavenly Father still meets His children’s needs.

“My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus,” Paul assured the Philippian believers (Phil. 4:19). I take that word “all” to include a gallon of gas if we need it and a loaf of bread if we need it. Maybe we should recall Philippians 4:19 the next time we pump gas or reach for a loaf of bread.

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