“Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
Lay aside immaturity, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.” Proverbs 9:1-6
To me, freshly baked bread is one of the best smells in the world. Even for those of us trying to stay away from “carbs,” it can be difficult to resist a slice of warm, fragrant bread. For most people, it is a wonderful treat to eat good “homemade” bread.
Since ancient times and in every religion, bread has been known as “the staff of life.” When people can’t get other foods, a piece of bread will provide nourishment. But bread is also a food that feeds a person’s spirit. It can be both a way of sustaining the body and a reminder of basic blessings.
Often, the word “bread” is used to be more than just a piece of bread. It includes the entire meal. Often we say, “Let’s break bread together.”
In the book Loaves and Fishes, Joseph A. Grassi says, “To eat bread is to taste the very source of all bread and nourishment which is God Himself because it was God who created the earth, plants, and especially wheat as the staff of life.”
We stay connected to God’s creation and break bread together as a way of strengthening our Staying Power.
It can sometimes be difficult to see God at work through our own Staying Power. But for this reason, Jesus gave us himself- the Bread of Life. For at the Table God speaks to us most clearly, as God’s promise of forgiveness and acceptance is given to each of us in holy bread – a form we not only can hear, but also see, taste, touch, and smell.
We come to Trinity Church, break bread, and stay connected – because together we can encourage one another’s Staying Power. We come – then go from here to lives full of good bread and God’s love – and directed to God’s purpose for us. We come to our service of communion; then go out for service in God’s world. That’s Staying Power.
Lay Associate for Parish Life