Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Bread of Life

My family was so blessed to have dinner delivered to us tonight from a few wonderful ladies in my parent's LDS church ward. It was delicious. But it didn't only fill our stomachs and relieve some stress from our lives, it also filled our souls.

When our plates were cleared, none of us wanted to leave the kitchen. There was a certain spirit in the room that kept us there for a couple more hours. We all just sat around and enjoyed each others company and talked about how blessed we are. My sister who still had homework to do, brought it down to finish in that atmosphere.

I think our family really felt the love that went into preparing that meal. Though to others it may have seemed a simple meal, it was so much more.

It brought to mind the scripture found in John 6:32-35.

32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

I think I now understand this scripture a little bit better. As we come and partake of the peace that Christ offers, our souls will be filled with joy and we shall never long for more fulfillment in life. Christ will give all. So how do we come closer to Christ in order to partake? 

When we are in the midst of charity—either giving or humbly receiving—we feel Christ's love. And since we are Christ's hands here on the earth, we must be willing to develop charity and serve others in order to bring to them, and to bring them to, the bread of life. If the offer is humbly received, Christ's love will be felt and souls will be filled with joy.


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