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About the authors: Terry and Teresa Crockett are members of ZPC and co-leaders of a Home Group. They have a son, a daughter and a grandson. They live in Naples, Florida during the winter.
Today’s Scripture: John 6
I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:35
Everyone is invited to this meal and nobody is left out. We always have the opportunity is sit and talk with people, and listen to others share their gratitude for having a meal. Can you imagine sitting on a hillside and having a meal with Jesus, then hearing his words, “I am the bread of life?"
This past April, we went on the ZPC trip to Israel and traveled in a boat across the Sea of Galilee, just as Jesus had done almost 2000 years ago. We felt his presence as the boat crossed the waters knowing Christ had traveled the same route. That evening we shared a meal in a kibbutz looking over the Sea of Galilee with our fellow friends from ZPC, again knowing his presence.
As we reflect on the past what is one thing we can change? The question asked a different way, “Are we doing enough to tell and show others that Christ is the Bread of Life?” The only answer we can come up with is stated in Matthew 28:19-20. Go and make disciples to all.
On August 5, our son went into a St. Louis hospital and has been hospitalized since then, except for three weeks in his home in Missouri and two weeks in our home back here in Indiana. We moved him to Indiana and he is currently at Indiana University Hospital waiting for a liver and kidney transplant. Throughout this time, we have realized the true meaning of Christ being the “Bread of Life.” We have also seen and realized how the power of prayer and faith in him for healing of both our bodies and our souls has sustained us. Our strength comes from Christ and through the many people he has sent to surround us including wonderful, caring, and giving medical teams as well as supportive and kind friends.
Whether we are on the calm waters of the Sea of Galilee, or the rough waters of an ICU hospital room, Christ is our “Bread of Life.”
Pick one problem you are struggling with and work toward a solution. Choose something you are passionate about.
Each year we pause to give thanks for the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus. Help us not only be more like Jesus, but see Jesus in others. Amen.