Jesus said, “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'” Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.” John 6:27-40
Bread of Life
Waking in the early morning
we find ourselves hungry
for bread and power for the day
hungry for nourishment that will keep.
Facing the worst of our days
we hunger for the lasting love
which will hold us through the night
and lift us up in the morning.
Turning inward in our sorrow
we try to feed ourselves to replace
the brokenness and damage inside
never full and always anxious.
The bread of life is soothing to the soul
wraps us in a blanket of soft hope
sings us asleep as we still cry
lives with us in our fragile state.
This bread of life is sustenance beyond
today and tomorrow's aching hearts
strength for the long haul life
promise of a endless redemption.