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Thursday, August 02, 2018

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Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry." I read this gospel passage to a homebound parishioner while bringing them communion, and the truth of the words resonated in that moment. We all need not only bread but the bread of life. I find bringing communion to people who are in care facilities or who are homebound to be a meaningful ministry. People may have all their bodily needs met yet still be in need. We all have essential spiritual needs, and spiritual health undergirds all of our mental, physical and social health.

As I was leaving the room of the parishioner that day, he said, "Pastor, would you please come back next month?" I responded with a resounding "Of course!" In that moment of ministry, we both received bread from Jesus. Our spirits were nourished with the bread of life.

Jesus, give me your bread always. Feed me today with your manna that gives life to the world. Sustain me with your Spirit. Amen.

Jamie Brieske '14
Pastor, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Eau Claire, Wisc.

John 6:24-35 (NRSV)

24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?"
26 Jesus answered them, "Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.
27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal."
28 Then they said to him, "What must we do to perform the works of God?"
29 Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent."
30 So they said to him, "What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing?
31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, "He gave them bread from heaven to eat.' "
32 Then Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."
34 They said to him, "Sir, give us this bread always."
35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

This God Pause daily devotion is brought to you by the alumni of Luther Seminary.