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Bread for the Journey

When I slice a loaf of bread I am always struck by the fact that once sliced a loaf of bread can never be whole again .
I feel some sense of contrition that my deliberate action
has irretrievably changed something whole and beautiful!
And yet the popular saying ... "Greatest thing since sliced bread!"
makes the sliced loaf of bread a standard
by which all other inventions measure their value!
Why ?
Because until the loaf of bread is 'sliced' it is useless...
It is only when it is broken into 'pieces' that it can fulfil the original purpose of the loaf...
to feed and nourish those who partake of it.
For all of us as we look back over the past year,
it is sliced into memories of seasons, experiences and events-
These slices have affected us, emotionally, physically, and mentally-
some filled us with joy , some with sorrow or despair.
We have God's promise that if we trust Him He will
work the slices of 2011 together for our good ...
growing us in wisdom and strength and faith.

The year before us
is a whole loaf ..... it has not yet been sliced
We know not how the knife of time,
will slice the 'loaf' of this new year,
but God already knows
and we can safely put our trust in Him
that He will provide all that we will need !
"Blessed be the Lord, who DAILY loads us with benefits!"
Psalm 68:19
We, the girls of MGCC,
wish you a very Happy New Year ...
May all your 2012 'slices' be loaded with the sweetness of God's love!


  1. How very true this is and Thank you for the blessing.

  2. So true. May this New year bring all of you,happiness, love and blessings.

  3. Thank you for this new perspective on entering a new year and a new season of life with our great God and our Purpose for living. I am going to share this... May the Lord richly bless each of you also.

    Kathy from Ontario

  4. Great analogy. I love baking bread with fresh wheat and this will give me an entirely new perspective.
    Thank you for sharing God,s provisions for all of us in the New Year!

  5. I wish you a very happy new year

  6. Thank you for this wonderful post. It has given me another perspective to look back and reflect and that in which to plan for the future. I hope you have a wonderful year 2012.

  7. shirley reimer bertheletteJanuary 1, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    OH JULIE<3
    you are truly gifted, this I know for sure, from visiting your blog. <3

  8. Thank you Julie for this wonderful analogy. I'll never slice into a loaf again without these thoughts reminding me of God's presence in the "slices of life."

  9. I'm reading this again and enjoying the word picture you have set before us. I wonder what our loaves will look like this coming year. It is only God that knows how it will be sliced. It is good to trust him!

  10. Excellent post. Really enjoyed the word picture you created! 2011 was a good year - checking out this blog every day! Oh, there was the birth of a gorgeous little son in October too! Now we start 2012 with two gorgeous little blessings! God is very good!

  11. Julie, what a beautiful post for the New Year. Thank you!

  12. Happy New Year and I too want to say thank you for this blog. May each of you have a year full of blessing and may all your loaves raise and provide health and strength to you , your families, and friends.

  13. WOW, how emotional and true, i will look back on this everyday to reread and remind me just how lucky i am to have God in my presence.
    Thank you and may God Bless you all


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