Be it the English Sally Lunn, Germany’s Pretzels, France’s Crepes, the Tortillas of Mexico, the Kulich of Russia, the Kouloras of Greece, or the Hebrew Challah, bread is the staff of life in many cultures.
Which is why breaking bread signifies friendship, unity and hospitality. Whether breaking bread over the communion table or sharing it with friends at a meal, the meaning behind this practice comes alive to us when we break bread with our church family, no matter where in the world.
When functioning properly, the body of Christ is one of the greatest forces on earth.
And one of the greatest strengths for our life and well-being, both spiritual and physical. When faced with difficulties that seem insurmountable, what a blessing to know that our spiritual family is there for us. Standing with us in prayer and in practical ways.
Does it seem that you take one step forward then two backwards in your spiritual walk?
Perhaps you lack the strength of being held up and supported by fellow believers. Any task is easier when shared, and our walk with Christ is no different.
“Communion is strength, solitude is weakness. Alone, the fine old beech yields to the blast, and lies prone upon the sward: in the forest, supporting each other, the trees laugh at the hurricane. The sheep of Jesus flock together; the social element is the genius of Christianity,” (Charles Spurgeon Illustration Collection).
That’s why we’re so grateful for the wonderful brethren we have around the world. Who have stood with us in prayer and practical ways all through the years. But in many ways, we’re most grateful of all for our Italian brethren. In times of trouble and trial, they’ve been here, right by our side. Loving, supporting, and helping us stand even life’s toughest storms.
And this blessing is possible only because Christ reunited us not only to our heavenly Father, but also made us part of a great body around the world.
When was the last time you really thanked the Lord for the great and genius gift of fellowship?
And thanked your brethren for who and what they are in your life?