“I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
Thought for the Day: Don’t take for granted food on the table or food for the soul.
I have heard the words of Jesus, “I am the bread of life that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Upper Room Devotion today is written in a way that reached into my thoughts to help me understand those words a little better. In my literal human thought I have often taken those words to mean food for the body, as the writer mentioned, but her words were these: “I am aware of times when I have cried out to Jesus for help and he has kept me moving through each transition, doubt, or loss. His words of love and forgiveness have nourished my battered soul more times than I can count.” She went on to say, “That is the connection, just as earthly bread fills and nourishes our body, Jesus fills and nourishes our souls.” In my heart, my thoughts have always gone to the earthly bread when visualizing Jesus as the bread of life, when I need to look to the nourishment of my soul that comes through scripture, prayer, worship, songs.
In my life, I have been blessed that unless I chose not to eat a meal or I did not eat a meal due to a different schedule, I have always had earthly “bread” to eat. There are many in the world who do not have bread to put into their mouths for earthly nourishment. I take that bread for granted. But what about Jesus’ Bread of Life? Do I take that for granted as well? Maybe. Do I take it for granted and later forget the times Jesus has led me through a storm? More times than I should. Do I take for granted my times of reading Scripture, praying, worshiping, and singing songs of the faith? If I look at myself in the hours past those times with Him I have to say, “Yes, I take that for granted, too.” So, what do I do to help me remember the bread I receive for my soul for Jesus Christ? I say with each meal and with each prayer, “Now bless this food to our bodies, and feed our souls the bread of life.” Those words were prayed at the end of the meal blessing by the father of the Upper Room writer. Those words thank God but they also remind us of where our “Bread of Life” comes from. Jesus is the Bread of Life….I do not want my mind to drift away from that and ever take it for granted.
Prayer: God, thank you for the bread we put on our table each day to nourish our bodies. But even more, thank you for the Bread of Life you give us each day to nourish our souls. You are the Bread of Life. Help us receive that Bread in a way that will help us do Your work in Your kingdom. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Nourishing the Soul