By Brad Dutton
I have a problem. Actually several problems if you ask my close friends and family. The particular problem I’m thinking about now began 15 years ago. It was about the time we started the new millennium that I became a bread snob.
Store bought breads just didn’t seem to meet my needs anymore. Store bought tortillas? Are you serious?! I wanted fresh, homemade bread with lots of whole grains. If it was warm and unsalted butter was handy even better. It seemed my body was not satisfied by what was found in those twist-tied plastic bags you find on the bread aisle at HEB. I guess you might say that back then I started seeking more substance in my bread life.
The verse today tells us the bread of God came down from heaven to give life to the world. As I reflect on the season I find it interesting the Messiah came to us in about the same size as a loaf of bread you might bake at home. The next time I take out a bread pan I hope I will pause to remember the bread of God sent to us over 2,000 years ago to give life to the world. For me, “Good things come in small packages” comes to mind. Except in this case it wasn’t just a good thing but the greatest thing of all time.
Lord, forgive us for chasing after other foods in our lives in a futile effort to feed ourselves. During this season may we reflect with grateful hearts on the gift you sent to feed us and restore our spiritual emptiness. May we always hold fast to the truth that we can find peace and fullness when abiding in you.