We all know what it means to take a loaf of bread, break off a piece, hand it to a friend.
Glenn Packiam shows us what a sacred act it is in his book, Blessed Broken Given. As Jesus created holy moments with bread in his life on earth, we discover through Packiam that we can do the same thing.
“There is more to this life than what you see. There is more to you than what you see. Nothing in this world is as common as it seems. Even bread is really more than bread.”
This book breaks down each word, Blessed – Broken – Given, and gives examples from Jesus’s life in the New Testament and provokes thoughts for our own ways to live out these concepts.
“Bread in the hands of Jesus is blessed, broken, and given. And so it is with you. Your life, as common and ordinary as bread, in Jesus’s hands becomes something more.”
It is okay to not be okay.
“Let your brokenness open you up. To the light. To love. To the grace of God.”
“It’s not difficult to show your scars; it’s much harder to reveal your wounds. To let others into your pain in real time, to allow them to see that tender place of brokenness, to allow them to hear your questions, your off-the-cuff reflections, your in-the-moment vows—that is hard to do.”
But we don’t have to do it alone. We have a High Priest who goes with us.
He gives us a holy imagination. “Begin to see all God’s gifts and handiwork as icons of His glory and grace.”
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How will God use your brokenness to bless others in 2020? How can you share with others what God has given to you? Please share in the comments.
My thanks to Net Galley & WaterBrook Multnomah
for the review copy of this book
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