Monday, August 05, 2019

Lathbury: Break Thou the bread of life

Monday, August 5, 2019
    Feast of Oswald, King of Northumbria, Martyr, 642
    Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
    “Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.”
    Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”
    —John 6:32-35 (NIV)
Break Thou the bread of life,
    Dear Lord, to me,
As Thou didst break the loaves
    Beside the sea;
Within thy sacred page
    I seek Thee, Lord;
My spirit pants for Thee,
    O living Word!

Bless Thou the truth, dear Lord,
    To me—to me—
As Thou didst bless the bread
    By Galilee;
Then shall all bondage cease,
    All fetters fall;
And I shall find my peace,
    My All-in-All.
    ... Mary A. Lathbury (1841-1913), The Poems of Mary Artemisia Lathbury, Chautauqua Laureate, Minneapolis, Nunc Licet Press, 1915, p. 39 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 14:19; 15:36; 16:8-11; 26:26-27; Mark 8:6; 14:22-23; Luke 22:19; 24:30; John 6:11,32-35,48
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have freed and fed me.

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