I am a baker. That’s true to an extent, but in all honesty, my boyfriend is the real baker and I am more the assistant baker. To create and enjoy daily bread is to make it, bake it, and break it with others. Without encouragement, advice, and guidance, my bread would never have made it past the dead-yeast stage. It wasn’t my bread that succeeded but our collaboration on our bread that had delicious life and provided nourishment.
Similarly, Christ didn’t break bread alone. Bread was shared at a meal with friends. Christ’s body wasn’t given for personal gain but for the wholeness of the body of Christ, for all of God’s creation. To live a life of daily bread is to be in intentional, patient community with one another and with all of creation.
What communities do you belong to? What community collaborations give you life?
This message is excerpted from “Living a life of daily bread,” a 2010 resource of the Women of the ELCA, written by Mikka McCracken.
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