THE BREAD OF LIFE
( THIS POEM IS A THANKS GIVING TO GOD
FOR ALL HIS KINDNESS TO US )
In the beginning there was GOD - Omniscient and Grand
Creator of the Universe - the Earth - the Sea and Land
The Maker of the wonders - as HE'd spoken them to be .
Of the millions of varieties - of fish within the sea.
Of the flowers - trees - and insects - the animals and birds .
Of the eagle flying high above - or the beasts that roam in herds .
The symphony of the flowers - the beauty of the trees
The marvel of the colours - in the changing of the leaves .
So it was from the beginning - our GOD had laid a plan
That everything would multiply - and HIS Masterpiece was Man.
And in every living creature - HE has planted its' own seed
To germinate and propigate - in likeness and in breed.
HE has given rain and sunshine - HE has given night and day
And Seasons in abundance - in glorious display .
But also in HIS wisdom - HE has given times of rest
As in winter - with its harshness - HE still knows what is best.
When the ground is hard and barren - and the fields are hard and brown
There's still purpose - rhyme and reason - in HIS Master Plan .
Yes - GOD is faithful to HIS promises - that all things will be well.
If we do our part - and plant the precious seed - deep within the soil .
Then - in its time each seed will grow - first the blade and then the ear
Until - the golden harvest - will finally appear .
Then - the Harvester and Binder - each will do their part
Bringing in the ripened grain - such joy to a Reaper's heart .
Then - with threshing wheel and grinding stone -
Each seed is crushed and ground
Until - all that remains of the once proud wheat - is whiteness all around .
But the process still continues - as with water - yeast and flour
The mixture then is pummelled - and rested for an hour .
Finally it is molded - and placed within the furnace and the fire
Until - in perfect timing - a golden loaf will then appear .
So it is - with outpoured blessings - the whole world can now be fed
As - from that first seed has come - the humble Loaf of Bread .
But - in HIS heart of generosity - our GOD had an even greater plan
To plant the very SEED of LIFE - into the heart of Man .
Not through sweat and tears and labour - would this Wondrous Gift be given
But by meekness and surrender - to the Perfect SEED of Heaven .
Submission to the Only ONE - who is the Living BREAD
Who willingly was broken - and crushed - before HE died .
In absolute surrender - to HIS FATHER's Will
Rejected - bruised - and beaten down -
On a Cross upon a Hill.
But - like that first grain of wheat - buried in the earth
Death had to come - for there to be - Resurrection - and New Birth .
But by HIS sacrifice and agony - the MESSIAH looked beyond the pain
And saw the multitudes of Living Souls - as Glorious Life-filled Grain.
Grain to feed a starving world - lost in shame and sin .
Grain to spread the Word of Truth - to let the SAVIOUR in .
Grain to heal the broken heart - and free the captive mind
Perfect - wondrous - Bread of Life - the first SEED of its kind .
So - when you next eat a slice of bread - remember that first seed
Planted in the broken earth - by the hand of GOD .
Who by faith could see the billions - who from then on would be fed .
And for the countless multitudes - who would eat the Living BREAD .
In HIS heart of Love - GOD saw us - dying in our sin
And HE poured out HIS Living Water - to give us Hope and Life again .
So - let's thank HIM for every Season - For the sunshine and the rain
For the hardships and the trials - for the laughter and the gain .
And for every living creature - from the microbe to the mightiest of whales
As HE sustains each one with life - from HIS Love that never fails .
And - REMEMBER this ......GOD HAS PROMISED
There will ALWAYS be ....SEEDTIME and HARVEST
Because of HIS ETERNAL LOVE
FOR YOU AND ME .
THANK YOU DEAR LORD FOR YOUR HEART
OF GENEROSITY AND YOUR LOVING KINDNESS
TOWARDS ALL YOUR CREATION.
With love from S.C.Mitchell
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