Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bread of Life

"Then Jesus declared, 'I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.'" John 6:35
Last week in Bible school my two year old son made a little paper basket.  They've been studying Moses and last week they read Exodus 16 where God provides manna (or hanna as my son called it!) for the Israelites.   The teachers scattered zip-lock bags of Saltine crackers all over the floor and the children had to gather up the "hanna" and put it in their baskets.  The lesson was that God provides for our needs.  When the Israelites first saw the white flakes scattered on the ground, they did not know what it was.  But Moses instructed them that this was a provision from God and there were specific instructions of how much they each could gather and how none of it could be kept overnight - they had to gather new manna every morning.
I'm sure some mothers worried that in the morning there would not be enough for her children, "I'll just keep some extra so that my babies don't starve tomorrow."  But in the morning the stored manna would be rotten.  God was teaching them to trust him to provide for all of their needs, every day, moment by moment.
"Give us today our daily bread." Matthew 6:11
Are you trusting God to provide for all of your needs today?  This moment?  Are you trusting that he will provide tomorrow?
Aunt Helen's Bread Sticks
1 stick of butter
2 1/2 c. flour
1 T sugar
3 1/2 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t. salt
1 c. milk

Heat oven to 425 degrees.  Place a cookie sheet with one stick of butter in the oven.  While the butter melts, combine the other ingredients in a bowl and turn out on a floured surface and kneed 10 times.  Roll out the dough 1/2" thick and cut into 1" strips.  Take the cookie sheet out of the oven and coat the bread sticks in the melted butter on both sides and place on the cookie sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown on the bottom.  I'll bet you can't eat just one!!

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