On Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 9:14AM my Dad transitioned from this life to the next. During the last month of his life Dad had many experiences which indicated he had one foot in this life and one foot in the next life. In a couple of experiences Dad made eating motions, although there was no food before him. His motions indicated that he was eating food that would sustain him in his new life, everlasting bread.
Dad left our family everlasting bread, not bread made from flour and yeast, rather bread that gives sustenance for our journey, values that endure the test of time: honesty, integrity, hospitality, faith, gratitude, respect for others.
In John’s Gospel from the Christian scriptures ( 6:24-35 ) we hear the invitation to eat bread that will last: “Do not work for food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life.” The Gospel suggests that all of our choices — what we eat, what we say and what we do –be such that they improve ourselves, others, our world. Bread that will last consists of values of honesty, integrity, hospitality, faith, gratitude, respect for others.
Our invitation is to embrace bread that will last.
Blessings and peace