Fresh Bread, Jesus Is the Bread of Life

The bread of God is he who comes down from heaven.
John 6:33 (The Message)

The aroma of baking bread pressed into my senses like a seam beneath a hot iron—warm and unforgettable. Crisp, cotton cloth lined a basket holding more fresh-baked bread. Irresistible!

What could be better than a gathering of friends meeting together to bake bread, to talk up a storm, and maybe to exchange patterns or fabrics? You supply the ingredients for bread baking, and your friends can bring add-ins and a good family recipe (or box mix). Afterwards, in a semblance of a modern-day quilting bee, everyone can exchange quilting tips and materials as well as share recipes and friendship.

Sometimes all it takes to bring a community together is to break bread together or sew a quilt to be donated to a family who has lost their breadwinner.

The apostle John identifies the bread of God as “…he who comes down from heaven,” Jesus Christ. Luke 11:3 instructs us to pray for God to give us this day our daily bread. A hearty, nutritious, full loaf of fresh-baked bread lies waiting in the written word of God.

Feast on the Bread, which is full of life. Choose a thick, rich, mouth-watering, hunger-slaking slice. Don’t go for the crumbs under the table. God sends an open invitation to taste and see that He is good.

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by Gayle Ottemiller

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Gayle C. Ottemiller has published magazine articles, poetry, and devotions. Her work appears on Christian Devotions and in several compilation books. Her book of poetry and photography, Faith Lifts: When Life Lets You Down, was published in 2010. Gayle has an MS in guidance and counseling and is retired after working twenty-eight years with developmentally disabled adults. Find her on Facebook and LinkedIn. Visit her at gayleottemiller.com.

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.