A Slice of Bread

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All That and a Slice of Bread

All that AND a Slice of Bread

Have you ever heard the saying, all that and a slice of bread?  Yea, me too.  That still small voice whispered to me this morning…in my prayer time!

OK, God, what are you talking about – a slice of bread?  Have you been driven to plow into His Word to see what He has to say about something?  Compelled is the word I experienced this morning.  I simply had to dig into His Word searching for bread.  And here’s what I found…

I am the bread of Life.  John 6:48

Yes, You are, O Lord!

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4

Feed me, Lord God Almighty, with your precious Word.

His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?” Matthew 15:33

Yes, Lord, where can I get enough of You to feed such a crowd…and me, too?

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Matthew 26:26

Yes, Lord. I shall “do this in remembrance” of You.  Thank You for Your Word remembrance in Luke 22:19.

and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. Mark 6:43

Broken pieces, multiplied.  I am broken, Lord.  Pick me up and multiply the broken pieces to glorify You alone.

[ The Last Supper ] On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” Mark 14:12

Customary to sacrifice the Passover LAMB?  Make preparations for You? Oh, Lord, I have heard this passage of scripture all my life, yet never saw it like this before now.

Customary…as is the custom of the day.  Anticipated.

Preparations…to make ready…The Passover LAMB.  Oh, Lord, thank You, that You were prepared and made ready for The Sacrifice at The Cross…

[ The Last Supper ] Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Luke 22:7

The day the Passover LAMB had to be sacrificed? You were prepared and made ready, then HAD to be sacrificed.  Teach me, Lord.

Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” John 6:31

Thank you, Father, that You fed our ancestors in the wilderness.  We can trust You to provide, even in our own wilderness times.

Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. John 6:32

True bread from heaven. Thank You, Father.

For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” John 6:33

Life!  To the world.  Praise God.

“Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” John 6:34

Amen, Lord, give us this bread today-and always!

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35

Whoever includes me (and you!), too.  I come.  I believe. You, too?!

At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” John 6:41

I am the bread of life.  John 6:48

I AM.  Oh, Father, that is Your Name.  I AM.  Bread of Life.  Thank You.

But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. John 6:50

Anyone may eat and NOT die?! Thank You, Lord, that ALL are welcome at Your table.

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:51

I give for the life of the world.  Holy Father God, thank You that You gave us Jesus to be the living Bread.

This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” John 6:58

Feed on this Bread.  Live forever, with You in Heaven.  Amen, Lord Jesus.

Give us each day our daily bread. Luke 11:3

Today marks the close of the Dance With Jesus Birthday Beach Bash and Blog Tour.  Thank you, to each one of you, for writing and reading these posts over the last 28 days.

Today, Kyle Wilson Mead would have been 28 years old.  Kyle was such a cutup, that when JibJab sent this photo, I knew it was to be shared with each one of you.

Kyle Mead Ice Ice Baby

Whoever eats of this bread will never die.  Thank God, Kyle ate of the Bread of The Lamb.

Happy birthday darlin. Miss you. Hug Jesus. #DanceWithJesus. Love, Mom

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33 thoughts on “A Slice of Bread

  1. Susan, thanks so much for sharing your encouraging post at Words of Comfort LinkUp! I’m so happy to read your words, celebrating!

    Hugs,
    Tayrina

  2. This was an awesome post. I am so glad you posted it on the link party.

    I have a son named Kyle who is, miraculously, 32. Your loss really touched me. Thank you for sharing such a personal thing with all of us.

  3. Thank you for a lovely visit via Spiritual Sunday and for the lovely tribute you ended with. What a sweet joy to have that precious knowledge that you will, indeed, see your beloved someday, as will I. No matter how long it has been, we miss them – don’t we. Yet with His peace that passes all understanding. You’re in my prayers today. 🙂

    Kaye Swain

  4. Susan,
    My heart and prayers are with you. Your heart – your courage – your obedience to the call on your life – will forever be an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing yourself and thank you for sharing Kyle and all the joy that just seemed to have oozed out of him!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

  5. wow,, what a beautiful mosaic of scripture, to see these joined together is a blessing, I never thought so many scriptures relating to bread! Food for thought!! visiting from next door at Lisha Epperson’s linkup!

  6. Susan, thanks for sharing so beautifully and tenderly the abundance with which God feeds us, especially when our hearts are hungry and hurting for the ones we are separated from.

  7. Hey Susan,

    I think I’m a day late on this link up, but still glad to be here!

    Hope you are doing well today. Happy birthday to your Kyle.

    I appreciate you and your contagious spirit!

    Thanks for modeling loss with grace and hope. Praying God will mightily use you and your ministry~
    Melanie

  8. I did a study of Jesus’ claim to be the bread of life before but didn’t look at all the references like you have here. There are a TON of them! I think it just reiterates His emphasis on being the source of life for us. Without Him we starve! Thanks Susan!

  9. Susan, first Happy Birthday to Kyle. Second, those bread images are my faves. Jesus is the bread that will always sustain us because it is a bread that will never make us hunger. I think of the petition in the Lords Prayer “Give us this day our daily bread.” I’m parked in the 9 spot over at FMF this week.

  10. I love your beautiful verse mapping today. Don’t you love digging into God’s word? There is so much in every single word – enough to feed us for life. Holding you in my prayers today as you celebrate your son and remember the joy he brought to you and so many. Blessings!

  11. Dear Susan,

    From one momma’s heart to another,((hug)), and, Thank you, for sharing the hope you found through what I can only imagine was one of the most difficult, if not, difficult experiences in your life. I have not lost a child, I do have a child who has been very ill for a lot of her life, and I have watched people I love go through the loss of their children. My grandmother told me it was a hurt that never went away and she missed them deep, but that God was always good. Her faith always lifted my own.

    I am praying that your heart is encouraged and your faith is strengthened and that you hear the cheers of the crowd of witnesses urging you on in this race of life. (Heb 12:1)
    Blessings,
    Dawn

  12. Thanks for writing this. I hadn’t realized how many times the Bible refers to bread, and in so many–but all connected–ways. I like your thoughts to remind us of everything that the cross represents. As you said, we hear the story so often that it’s easy to gloss over the parallels between Jesus and the Passover lamb. I learned in Bible study last year that the original passing over, which is commemorated by the Passover holiday, is a strong foreshadowing of the cross, as well. The Israelites put the blood of a lamb on their door frames, marking at the top and on the sides (in the shape of a cross), and God saved them from death. They were saved by the blood of the lamb … just as we are when we take Jesus as Savior.

  13. Oh darling friend–you are such an institution to so many people!!
    I have practically MISSED the month of August as I have been fully engaged in preparing end of life journey with my precious mama.
    My heart is with you and I join you in celebrating Kyle’s life today!
    I am looking forward to spending some fun time tighter next month. My blessings to your honey!
    Hugs,
    Pat

  14. Susan, I believe that GOD is aligning the hearts of HIS people! I too shared a post about HIM speaking to me about bread! Wow! I love this so much! … Great to visit and link-up with you this morning, Beautiful! Peace and many blessings to you, Love! 🙂

  15. Susan,
    My mom heart goes out to your today, the birthday of your son. I am praying for you friend. I rejoice that God has given you beauty for ashes and joy for pain. Thank you for sharing your story so that others see and feel the love of Christ and know there is hope and grace after grief.

  16. Yes! I’ll take a slice of that Bread, too! Thanks for sharing Susan. Can’t wait to see you in September, friend. You are a blessing!

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