I LOVE bread … especially crusty fresh granary bread… the smell of it, the texture, the taste … although after this reminder of cheese/Marmite toasties today I might buy an ‘ordinary’ loaf of bread!
Today’s poem talks about bread – and we’re quite used to the idea of Jesus as the bread of life, but not so much about ourselves ‘as bread’ – to be prepared to be ‘dispersed’, but still – we can receive also:
You are the bread of life.
I trust you to feed me with a
to fill me with the smallest
Side Note: Thinking back to earlier posts re food waste, as I was looking for bread, I came across a BBC news story that someone has invented bread that will last for 60 days – which sounds a little wrong to me, although they are suggesting that it will cut food waste (have they not heard of freezers)!
#Do1NiceThing: Call in on an elderly neighbour – take some cake, have a cup of tea and a chat
I’m not sure I’d describe any of my neighbours as elderly – but we do regularly chat over the fence – usually in the summer though – up north we all dash in to get away from the wind!
If we treat Lent as somewhat of a chance for a detox, a stoic event in which we seek to please a harsh taskmaster God – we have missed the point of Lent, and we have misunderstood God and his ‘graceful’ nature… In previous Lent, people gave up essentials as well as luxuries – to understand that ‘man shall not live by bread alone’!
Fasting in the Christian tradition is essentially about recognising that there’s nothing we can do to improve ourselves. We are fallen creatures and need redemption, not cosmetic surgery. No amount of self-improvement will change God’s view of us – God, who knows us better than we know ourselves, who is not fooled by the way we present ourselves in prayer or religious observance, and who loves us anyway. We do not need to put on a show for him, and we cannot save ourselves apart from him.
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.