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John 6:51 – I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world. (NKJV)
I enjoy toast for breakfast. Peanut butter and jam is my favourite morning fare on bread, and has been for years. It's good to know that peanut butter, in moderation, is good for you — protein, right?
I love a sandwich for lunch, but in recent months, I have noticed some changes in a loaf of bread. Sometimes, the weight is the same. The packaging is the same. Yet once I open it up, the slices are either thinner, or smaller, or both! When I put two slices of toast in the toaster, I now have a mental picture of two slices the size of soda crackers! The price is the same, or more, but there is less bread!
Do you remember when you put a slice of bread on the palm of your hand and the slice would cover most of it? Not any more! Now the slices are so small that I am left hungry, empty, and needing more.
Speaking of more or less, have you noticed that some of the packages, in fact, go so far as to decrease the number of items? For example, we used to buy a package of pita bread with eight rounds in it. Now it's down to six or seven.
Each year, we consumers are paying the same price or more, but getting less. Whoever thought of giving less and keeping the price the same as when you got more?
John 6:35 – 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. (NKJV)
Earlier in John's gospel, Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10b, NKJV)
While some want to take away and give less in life, Jesus, the bread of life, came to give more, abundantly more! Have you experienced that abundant life?
Prayer: Thank You, Lord Jesus, for giving us "our daily bread" — the kinds of bread that satisfy both body and soul. Thank You for an abundant life that gives more with each passing day. We are eternally grateful. Amen.
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Less is now more…literally. Good lesson Karl.
Karl, Yep, the packaging seems the same, but the contents provide less stuff. Thank God for His generosity and grace. Thanks for writing. Blessings.
A good word this morning Karl. I make my own bread so l have not noticed this difference, but l sure have when it comes to dog food. Same size bag, but between 4-6 kilograms less and $10 more per bag. Ouch!
Enjoy your toast!
Hello again, Karl,
I knew you were special. My most favorite breakfast with my cup of coffee is 2 slices of my favorite raisin bread toasted — 1 slice with jam and the other with peanut butter. OOPS, what happened to my bread? Oh yes, they’re hiding in the toaster, only almost half as much as it used to be and costing half as much more. And my favorite can of baked beans shrank but not the price.
It’s amazing how you writers take a story from our daily lives and spiritualize it with Scriptures and your gifted writings. Yours are always such a blessing. Thank you very much.
I really enjoyed your message today. God never cuts back in his giving and I feel we lack in Thanking him for each time He gives and answers prayer. I also like peanut butter and jelly toast. I do not buy bread but have made my own bread for more years than I can remember. Slice it and freezes it. I can have 1 slice of bread a day, IF IT IS TOASTED. I am so allergic to so many things and this helps me. I was able to have Planter’s PB but not able to get it any longer, Now I have found Smucker’s Natural PB. And it works.
Thanks for your message. I had to chuckle as I read it. Less of everything in the packages. Even some ice cream was a ½ gal and it is now, 46 OZ.