by Carrin Mahmood- MA Theology

The Scripture ~ “I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me will never be hungry again, whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35

The Spiritual Focus ~God never commanded you to trust people, God commanded you to love people and trust God.” Mike Murdock

Breath Prayer ~ Inhale:Trust ~  Exhale: Doubt ~ 

The Devotion ~ There is an old Weight Watchers commercial where Oprah Winfrey yells, “I LOVE Bread!” as only Oprah can do.  The point they want us to believe, of course, is that when you choose Weight Watchers as a diet program you don’t have to deny yourself the things you love, even though the reality is more complicated. You don’t have to completely give up the things you love, but you do have to have all things in moderation (except celery apparently.)  When something looks great in an advertisement our family says, “Remember the Glory-al.” My oldest daughter has very curly hair, and when she was about five years old, a “L’Oréal” (aka Glory-al) commercial promised long silky smooth hair.  She desperately wanted to try it on her hair so it could be like the lady in the commercial. Needless to say, her little curly head looked much the same after using it and she was disappointed, but learned a great lesson at an early age. Advertisers make things seem better than they actually are. 

Advertising can be informative, but you almost never get everything that is promised. Her comment, “I’m never trusting ‘Glory-al’ again,” became something of a family joke. We are so lucky that we don’t have to depend on false advertising when we put our faith in our Savior.  He’s the real deal.  He makes us a promise. “I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me will never be hungry again, whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35. This same Jesus who gave us a preview at the beginning of his ministry, that man could not live on bread alone, now comes back and promises a new kind of bread which will forever satisfy.  A bread that will forever complete us, and a bread that will set us apart because it lets us walk hand in hand 

with the one who came to save the world.

We can inhale deeply with the confidence that the bread of life has already been given. Our hunger has already been satisfied, our thirst slaked. It was promised, so it is. 

Yoga Pose ~ Child’s Pose. Start in table top. Bring the great toes together and knees towards the outer edges of the mat. Let your tailbone sink down towards your heels and let your fingers walk towards the front of the mat. Turn your focus to the soft belly, let it relax towards the earth. Inhale deeply. Feel the fullness we’ve been promised. Exhale all doubt.

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