Monday, September 2, 2013

bread and Bread

The Grain Offering
In those awesome, ancient days
when You named stars out of nothing
summoned the waters and kissed us to life,
at the birth of time and the first sunrise
when you word-planted tawny wheat-stalks,
did You look with a kind eye to “someday”
and see this warm, brown loaf pulled from the oven
for these little ones who are dancing because of the bread?
There is butter on their chins and they are filled.
Take it, Lord.
(written tonight in the kitchen, in gratitude)

My seven year old likes to categorize things by "Stuff that God Made" and "Stuff that People Made from Stuff that God Made".

Tonight, I made bread. From stuff God made.
My boys are all carb-junkies who would just love to live on bread, so when it comes out of the oven, they are in the kitchen within seconds. Tonight, there was even a happy dance in the middle of the kitchen floor (the three year old). I was cutting into that bread, trying not to burn my fingers (because they never will let it cool) and suddenly, I thought of the first wheat, at the other end of time. God spoke, “Wheat, BE!” and now I can bake bread for my boys.
That wasn’t the only Bread He provided my family…

Jesus said to them, “I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry. He who puts his trust in Me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35, NLT)
For the bread and for The Bread, I am grateful.
Ambushed by The Bread of Life and made alive,
(for more on "the Grain Offering," see Leviticus 2)