Bread Baking and Getting to Know the True Bread
by Karen Whiting
I usually do a Facebook live demonstrating baking breads on Thursday afternoons. My joy in making bread that led to my book The Gift of Bread began in childhood. I grew up in dairy farm country two houses from grandparents who owned a restaurant. We had chickens in our backyard. I made bread with my mom and my grandmothers and helped out at the restaurant, using fresh milk, eggs, butter and garden vegetables plus fruits to make wonderful loaves of bread, muffins, bread sticks and more.
Even more than making the bread, sharing meals with family and gifting others with bread, I find great joy in studying Scriptures related to bread. I see a threefold purpose of bread: sustenance that we need that also reflects the need for the daily bread of God’s Word; fellowship in breaking bread with others to develop wholesome relationships; and covenant relationship with God. God called the Israelites to place fresh loaves of bread on the altar, the Bread of Presence, as part of the covenant with His people. Jesus gave us a new covenant when He broke bread and said, “This is my body.” Bread is a common food around the world and truly helps us understood that God wants us to be one bread, one body.
As you enjoy a roll or slice of bread, think of Jesus, the Bread of Life.
Karen Whiting is an international speaker, former television host and author of 25 books for women, families and children, including 52 Weekly Devotions for Busy Families and Girl Talk Guy Talk. Her latest book The Gift of Bread: Recipes for the Heart and the Table shares her family recipes, tips on baking bread, memories and insights into the biblical purpose of bread.