With Easter just one month away, I thought to post one poem for each of these four weeks. While devotional writing walks with us step by step in the wilderness, poetry skips over the sea connecting unexpected wavetops. I pray that a few of these wave-tops will be a blessing to some.
Seven Loaves of the Bread of LifeHe took the seven loaves and the fish and having given thanks
He broke them and gave them to the disciples
and the disciples gave them to the crowds. Matthew 15:36 ESVMonday’s loaf was when the angels sang
And shepherds knelt and the Heavens rang
On Tuesday Mary dedicated Him
In the temple like a lamb who was without sin
At the Jordan On Wednesday Jesus was baptized
And the dove descended to the bread of life
Thursday’s loaf was when He broke the bread
And He blessed the cup and He bowed His head
Good Friday’s Bread was given for us
And His blood poured down the rough rugged cross
Saturday’s silence was the bread of sorrows
As He lay in the tomb waiting for tomorrow
Then on Sunday’s dawn came the Living Bread
For all who believe He rose up from the dead!
Seven Loaves of the Bread of Life by Peter Caligiuri Copyright 2020
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Even if God showers us
With ten thousand days times three
We cannot save a single one
For ourselves keep
Like manna in the wilderness
He gives one loaf each day
And asks us with our neighbor to
Share it along the way
But when we hoard it is a sin
An unbelieving seed
And traveling with that visitor
Are worry, stress and greed
Till soon that good, sweet manna
Turns to be as dry as sand
Until we joyfully accept
What God puts into our hands
Then by His daily miracle
He teaches us to trust
That even just one loaf of bread
In God’s own hand is much!
Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat'
John 6:31 ESV
One Loaf of Bread by Peter Caligiuri copyright 2022 all rights reserved
Sharing communion apart seems to be a contradiction in terms and yet it is very much a reality many of us are living out in this Corona virus world. I wrote this devotional for my people from the various nursing homes where I normally would be visiting every week. Though it is a personal message specifically for them, I thought it might also be an encouragement to you as well.
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:23- 24 ESV
While we have been apart for more than two months one thing which I have missed the most is being able to share communion with you. You may be wondering if there is some way we can still remember this holy meal. The answer is a resounding yes! We can still be together in heart if not in person in the three important parts of our Lord’s last supper. First we Repent. Just as Jesus prayed with His disciples, we must also pray and not only give thanks as Jesus did, but also ask for forgiveness so that God can clean our hearts and prepare us for communion.
Second; we Receive the bread and the cup; but not only from the hands of a priest or a pastor. Instead we recall Jesus as the Living Bread. He is the one who is giving Himself to us. It is from His hands that we receive such a gift. He also passes us the cup which holds His life spilled out on the cross for ours. As we receive His life into us He washes our past away and gives us new life in Him. Last of all we do this and Remember. It is not that we are recalling something forgotten but instead it is an honoring of His death and a celebration of His life; until he comes again. Oh I am looking forward to the day when I can be with you again to have communion. But until then be sure to repent; receive and remember as often as you can because our hope is our looking forward not to a return to normal but to the return of Jesus to this world!