I’ve had a rough almost two months. An autoimmune flare left me so fatigued that most days it was easier to just stay in bed and not eat until hubby got home and brought sustenance. Seriously, the idea of even making coffee was beyond my energy resources. I also had a bunch of vexing symptoms (the bloodshot eyes and bleeding gums was less than thrilling, and the alternating chills and sweats had me changing sheets daily for a spell was not-lovely, and changing those sheets was akin to climbing a steep hill, given my fatigue. I had to rest between pillowcases.)
So, energy is finally returning and I can shower without clinging to the windowsill to catch my breath between scrubbing. Dat’s nice. :)
Right now, I’m up to making breakfast. Yay. I have some Schar gluten-free ciabatta and fresh eggs and spinach and mushrooms and papaya waiting for me. But, really, I am craving that ciabatta roll, toasted. Dunno why especially today, but there it is. I want that roll. I got the craving.
Which had me thinking: bread.
Which had me thinking: Bread of Heaven.
So, I took a little prayer break before heading to the kitchen–before blogging, too, hah– and read this passage below, which had me a bit teary in gratitude. I am really grateful for the hope this passage gives me. Anyone who has chronic health conditions looks forward to that “raise them up” day. A lot. A LOT. Trust me on this.
If you need some hope or encouragement today, here ya go:
28 Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
30 Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”[d]
32 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”
35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”