This is chip; I have three-quarters of a bag of them in the house. Just one is all it would take to … in no uncertain terms … break my fast from chocolate. I hadn’t missed it until today; I didn’t even think about that bag of chocolate chips in the cabinet until today; but I am thinking about it now.

It’s such a smooth gentle shape; uniform and yet the little swirl on top sets it free.

I satisfied my quest for chocolate with a small cup of frozen banana slices. Naturally sweet, smooth, richly flavored, I silenced Chip’s call.


This morning I had a bacon and cheese omelet sans bread, a huge salad for lunch, two clementines, a handful of almonds, and finished the day with frozen banana sweetness.

Dear Lord, I do not feel deprived, nor do I feel hungry today. I guess I have added bread to my fasting list. Bread seems to be such a conundrum; Most cultures seem to have their own special breads; a staple, the main element of their diets. Yet, we know refined starches, anything made from white flour turns into sugar as it is digested by the body. Sugar, hidden sugar, is something I need to avoid.

Your Word speaks of the Bread of Life.


John 6: 27-38  The Message

The Bread of Life
“Don’t waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides. He and what he does are guaranteed by God the Father to last.” To that they said, “Well, what do we do then to get in on God’s works?” Jesus said, “Throw your lot in with the One that God has sent. That kind of commitment gets you in on God’s works.” They waffled: “Why don’t you give us a clue about who you are, just a hint of what’s going on? When we see what’s up, we’ll commit ourselves. Show us what you can do. Moses fed our ancestors with bread in the desert. It says so in the Scriptures: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Jesus responded, “The real significance of that Scripture is not that Moses gave you bread from heaven but that my Father is right now offering you bread from heaven, the real bread. The Bread of God came down out of heaven and is giving life to the world.” They jumped at that: “Master, give us this bread, now and forever!” Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever. I have told you this explicitly because even though you have seen me in action, you don’t really believe me. Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go. I came down from heaven not to follow my own whim but to accomplish the will of the One who sent me.


Dear Father, help me remember the true bread I should be seeking as I strive to fast from the refined sugars in white bread.



This hymn I learned early in life; my mother played the piano while my sisters and I sang together in blessed harmony.


Wonderful Words of Life
Author: P. P. Bliss (1874)


Sing them over again to me,
wonderful words of life;
let me more of their beauty see,
wonderful words of life;
words of life and beauty,
teach me faith and duty:


Beautiful words, wonderful words,
wonderful words of life;
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
wonderful words of life.


Christ, the blessed One, gives to all
wonderful words of life;
sinner, list to the laving call,
wonderful words of life;
all so freely given,
wooing us to heaven: [Refrain]


Sweetly echo the gospel call,
wonderful words of life;
offer pardon and peace to all,
wonderful words of life;
Jesus, only Savior,
sanctify forever, [Refrain]



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