Yesterday, my husband got a gift from some dear friends. It was no easy task to get it either since the family traveled from Japan via. Australia to Thailand. They arrived bearing a special gift of Brumby’s Bread from “Down Under.” Would I dare share a piece of this bread my husband offered me? …Not on my life. This gift was bought with love, a lot of trouble, and at a fine price. I want him to savor every bite.
At Christmas time, we are reminded of the many sacrifices made for us. How dare we take for granted this gift of life? This week, my husband and I have been reminded of the many people living in bondage. We’ve been given so much, but an unfair world prevents many from having even basic human rights. Some are in prison because they flee to us for safety. Some are separated from family members for no just cause. Some are tortured, and some have no home.
More than 2,000 years ago, a young family traveled a distance to bring Jesus to His rightful birthplace in Bethlehem. Following the law, they arrived in their home city to be taxed. They were without close family, a decent place to lay the head of our Lord, and proper medicine.
This bread of life gives us hope, regardless of our circumstances. It opens doors and sets captives free. May we have an open heart to accept this gift of life and to give it to others.
“Grace is available for each of us every day – our spiritual daily bread – but we’ve got to remember to ask for it with a grateful heart and not worry about whether there will be enough for tomorrow.” Sarah Ban Breathnach