Friday, August 29, 2008

Feed Your Bread

The summer before I started seventh grade, we moved from a neighborhood to a house "in the country." It was actually in the same town, just with a little more room to spread out. Anyway, we had neighbors right next door that we shared our long gravel drive with. Once, when I was visiting at their home, I noticed a note on the fridge that said:


It was written just like that. Now, me being an inquisitive child and thinking it was her shopping list...I asked,"Why do you need feed? You don't have any animals." She laughed and replied, "No, it's a reminder for me to feed the bread." I must have looked at her like she was crazy. I had no idea what that meant. In my house, our loaf bread did not get fed, but was fed to us! She went on to tell me that she made her own bread and that was how you started Amish bread. Oooooh. Okay. Now I get it....I think.

Now, My mom may have made home made bread before, but I don't remember....I must have been too busy playing with Barbies or something. If I remember correctly, our neighbor may have given Mom some Amish Bread starter after that....that's when I remember that we started to feed our own bread. Mom, correct me if I'm wrong.

Fast forward to present friend passed along some starter for sour dough bread. I have "fed my bread", let it work, mixed the dough, let it rise, punched it down, made some loaves and they are now rising in the kitchen. I can't wait to pop them in the oven this evening. Let's just hope they turn out like bread and not bricks!

When I think about feeding the bread, I am reminded each day we are to feed ourselves with daily bread...The Word of God. "Give us this day our daily bread." Matthew 6:11 Jesus is the Bread of Life. "The Father gives you the true bread of heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven and giveth life unto the world...And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." John 6:33,35

1 comment:

  1. I remember Robert making Amish friendship bread when I was a kid! He was always having to tend to the starter. Now, David totally wishes that I would make bread for him. Our friend Arwen makes bread when she visits us, and David is always so happy to have homemade bread!


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