Volume 16.05 | May 2015

  • 01.Daily.needs

    Daily needs

    When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, only one of the things He told them to ask for was a physical need—“Give us this day our daily bread.”1 All the rest of the prayer is praise to God or requests for spiritual gifts or blessings so that we can better please and serve Him. His […]

  • 02.A.STRAY.MUSHROOM

    A stray mushroom

    Chopping vegetables for dinner, I twice caught a stray mushroom before it rolled from the cutting board off the counter. You’re so good to me, God! I thought. Somewhere else in my mind, I was thinking about the apartment rental application I had put in that morning. Please be good to me, and let them accept […]

  • 03.THE.BREAD.OF.LIFE

    The Bread of life

    “I am the bread of life”1 is one of the seven “I Am” statements of Jesus. … Bread is considered a staple food—i.e., a basic dietary item. … Bread is such a basic food item that it becomes synonymous for food in general. We even use the phrase “breaking bread together” to indicate the sharing […]

  • 04.SALTED.CUCUMBERS

    Salted cucumbers

    A friend of mine was showing me the large number of old cucumbers she was planning to preserve in salt. “Are old cucumbers all right to eat?” I asked. “These are quite dried out, but they’ll be great to pickle!” she replied knowledgeably. For my busy friend, having pickled cucumbers to supplement on-the-go meals is […]

  • 05.EAT.PRAY.STAY.TOGETHER

    Eat, pray, stay together

    Not so long ago, the various members of our family had different schedules, and as a result, we were seldom able to eat together. I couldn’t help feeling that our family was drifting apart—especially since visiting an Italian friend who taught me what a joy “breaking bread” together can be. A meal in an Italian […]

  • 06.SETTING.THE.MENU

    Setting the menu

    Christians who are interested in spiritual growth recognize that spending time taking in and absorbing God’s Word is of utmost importance. It is within the Bible that we learn about God’s love for humanity, Jesus’ message, and how to live in harmony with God and our fellow human beings. Setting aside daily time to read […]

  • 07.THE.KINGS.BANQUET

    The King’s banquet

    My mother often cooked something special on Sundays. I can still remember the big open window in the living room, the unfolded table spread in the center, the delicious food, and the joyful family conversation. We usually went to Children’s Mass at 10 am, while she stayed back and cooked and my dad did some […]

  • 08.FEED.ME

    Feed me

    “It’s not fair! They’re getting more than we are.” “Things are tough enough as it is. How come they’re being favored?” “What’s the difference between us? Only our language!” Comments like these were apparently flying around in the daily food line organized by the burgeoning early church for their growing membership. We read in Acts: […]

  • 09.THANKSGIVING.TAKEAWAY

    Thanksgiving takeaway

    The day before Thanksgiving, I saw an article about a “Turkey Operation” here in Austin, Texas. The organization was calling for volunteers to help serve and pack meals for those not fortunate enough to already be looking forward to that wonderful Thanksgiving dinner that I enjoy so much. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry jelly, […]

  • 10.Necessary.food

    Necessary food

    Food is one of the most basic needs of humanity, so it makes sense that food would make an early entrance in the account of God’s dealings with us. In Genesis, plants and trees are given for food: “Every seed-bearing plant … Every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours […]

  • 11.Hungry.and.Thirsty

    Hungry and Thirsty

    “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”1 “Those who seek me diligently will find me.”2 “You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”3 Let My voice guide you and sustain you and keep you close to Me. Pay attention to […]