Daily Bread

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.” Heb 4:15 The Lord Jesus knows our need for physical and spiritual nourishment. He knows we can’t make it on our own, that in depending on our own resources we don’t have what it takes for everyday life – let alone for everlasting life. In fact, we were created to depend on Him.  When Jesus instituted the Last Supper, He told His disciples to “do this in remembrance of Me.” Remembering someone is to allow them to shape and influence our lives. Jesus was asking His disciples to remember Him in the Lord’s Supper so that even when He was no longer physically present with them, He would still be shaping and guiding their lives. When we go to the Lord’s table, we give witness to the fact we are depending upon Jesus.  As we remember Jesus, we have the picture of Him giving himself to us to nurture and feed our souls. A song written by Arden Autry describes how He lovingly gave – and continues to give – His life for us:

As you eat this bread, as you drink this cup, Let your heart give thanks and be lifted up. Your soul can rest in this truth secure; As you eat this bread, all I am is yours.

All I am is yours. All I am I gave, Dying on the cross, rising from the grave, Your sins to bear and your life restore: As you eat this bread, all I am is yours.

In delight and joy, in the depths of pain, In the anxious hours, through all loss and gain, Your world may shake, but my word endures: As you eat this bread, all I am is yours.

During this time, and throughout your day, remember Jesus. Let Him direct your thoughts and ways. It is His strength and wisdom that will give you success and fulfillment in life. 

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