Break Thou the Bread of Life

This is a picture  of our Israel trip in 2015 with David Dykes reading the story from John 21 when Jesus fed the disciples on the shore of Galilee. He told them to              " feed His sheep" after He had fed them fish.  This spot could have been the very spot on the shore of Galilee that our Savior fed His disciples.  Incredible experience to actually see the pages of scripture come alive! 

Mary Lathbury was an artist living in New Yok in the late 1800s. She was working with a group that mixed culture, education and Christian ideas but she realized they did not study their Bible and their relationships to God were shallow.  With her encouragement they begin to study together and she wrote this hymn for them. 

We usually remember it as a “communion song” but the writer’s vision was to encourage us to seek the Lord “beyond the sacred page”. It can give a new meaning to us when we hear the words of the Lord’s Prayer to “give us this day our daily bread”.  God will provide our physical needs each day but we should also open His Word each day and pray that the Holy Spirit feed us spiritual food.  

Break Thou the  Bread of Life, Dear Lord to me,

as Thou didst break the loaves beside the sea;

beyond the sacred page I seek Thee, Lord  

My spirit pants for Thee, O living Word!

Bless Thou the truth, dear Lord, to me, to me,

as Thou didst bless the bread by Galilee;

Then shall all bondage cease, all fetters fall;

and I shall find my peace, my all-in-all.                                                          



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