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John 6:24-35

Filled with God’s Love

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John 6:24-35

Filled with God’s Love

By Lois Parker Edstrom


Pita pockets and other types of bread.

Most of us eat some kind of bread almost everyday. All around the world people eat bread. White bread, brown bread, cinnamon bread, cornbread …

Bread comes in many forms. It can be shaped into biscuits, rolls, or bread sticks. Perhaps the most familiar shape is a loaf of bread. We slice the loaf and toast it for our breakfast or use it to make sandwiches.

Here is a type of bread that may not be as familiar to you. This is flat bread. When baked the layers of the bread rise and as it cools steam creates a space between the layers. When we cut this circle of flat bread across the center we see that a type of pocket is formed. We call these pieces of bread pita pockets.

Pita pockets have been made for hundreds and hundreds of years in many parts of the world. One great thing about pita pockets is that you can fill them with meat, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, tuna fish, eggs. All kinds of nutritious food can be held inside.

Bread is important for our physical bodies and Jesus uses this idea to teach us about how to nourish our spiritual life – that part of us that wants to know God. He says, “For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world” (6:33).

Jesus says, “I am the bread of life” (6:35). He compares himself to bread. His Spirit allows us to be filled with love, gentleness, kindness, joy, and peace. We can think of these things as nutritious food for our spirit – food that helps us grow strong and healthy. Fill yourself with God’s love.

Scripture quotations by the World English Bible

Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan