Forward Day by Day, Living Bread, Bread of Life, John 6:52

Who Has Nourished Your Life?

6:52. “The Jews disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’” The short answer to the dispute we read about in our lesson from John is love. The longer answer fills thousands of books. The longer answer rationalizes and divides churches and separates Christians from each other. The longer…

Forward Day by Day, John 6:49 51, Manna in the Wilderness, Living Bread, Bread of Life

Meeting Our Daily Nutritional Requirements

John 6:49, 51a. “Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died…. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever.” Manna and living bread are both necessary, because they feed two different aspects of our lives, together offering a full range of necessary…

Forward Day by Day, Jeremiah 18:6, Change, Transformation, Potter's Wheel

Life on the Potter’s Wheel

Jeremiah 18:6. “’Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just at this potter has done?’ says the LORD. ‘Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.’” Who I am today is not who I was a year ago, five years ago, or fifty years ago. I…

Forward Day by Day, John 28, Hunger, Feeding the 5000, Satisfaction

Satisfying Our Hunger

John 6:26. “Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.’” The crowds that follow Jesus all throughout John’s stories are back again today, hungry (again) and looking for the next loaf. They want Jesus’ bread but…

Forward Day by Day, John 6:5, Feeding the 5000, Hunger

It’s Not About the Math

John 6:5. “When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’” Do the math: one loaf for every thousand people and half a fish for every one thousand two hundred fifty people. “Six month’s wages would not…

Forward Day by Day, Luke 1:34, Annunciation to Mary, Angel Gabriel, Veil,

Parting the Veil of Impossibility

Luke 1:43. “Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’” In the innermost courts of the temple in Jerusalem, a veil separated humanity from the Holy of Holies, where the Spirit of God rested upon the Ark of the Covenant. An ancient, non-biblical story says that the Virgin Mary…