Meditation Monday: Bread Of Life

Bread Of Life

I Am the Bread of Life

I have noticed in my travels that in nearly all cultures and even sub-cultures like the American South, bread is a staple in the diets of almost all people. It may take different forms and be called many things but it is in the final analysis bread.

How fitting is it that Jesus said in John 6:35 (CEB), “I am the bread of life.” Of all the food references he could have made, Jesus chose “bread,” not “meat,” not “vegetables” but “bread.”

Despite the warning against carbs and bread, it still remains a daily part of most people’s lives in a way that veggies and meat still do not. “Rice” rivals “bread” by sheer number in households, and even in places where “rice” is the main dish, there still exists “bread.”

When He says “I am the bread of life,” Jesus lands squarely in the middle of daily existence for nearly everyone. He is the sustainer of life, as long as you have bread and water you can hold out, but without one or the other life becomes very difficult. Like bread, Jesus is the very staple of a Christian’s life.

Bread will always be in our lives as human beings, despite all the carb warnings. It is too intrinsic to being human. Jesus too should always be in our lives. He is too intrinsic to being a Christian.

Dear God, Fill us with your amazing, sustaining bread. Let us take in your goodness for our soul. As you bring the rain and sun to grow the food for our stomachs, use the rain and sun in our lives to show us your comforting presence in the midst of our lives. For you alone are the holy one, the bread of life to our souls. Amen.

Meditation Monday: New Life

New Life

 

At GCFA we have had new life brought into our midst. We have had several babies born into the GCFA family in the last couple of years.

The beginning of life is so promising. The possibilities seem endless.

As we grow older we begin to recognize the limitations and structures that bind our lives in some ways. Our bodies alone begin to inhibit us as we age.

And yet, God tells us that at any age there remain possibilities of doing the work of the kingdom.

In old age they still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap. Psalm 92:14 (NRSV)

O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to all the generations to come. Psalm 71:17-18 (NRSV)

Then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. Luke 2:37 (NRSV)

‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Acts 2:17 (NRSV)

There is no retirement plan for Christians. There is always the next generation coming. There is always new life. How do they know Jesus if we don’t continue to witness about Him?

Babies are a good reminder to us. They can help us to realize the legacy we will be leaving them. What kind of planet? What kind of society? What kind of Church?

The answers to those questions will be their starting point. Shall we leave them as many possibilities as there can be?

Almighty God, we give you thanks for new life. Knowing that we leave a legacy for them, help us to do right so that they can grow in Your love and ministry. Amen.