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Once upon a time, long long ago, several grandkids and a baby boomer body ago, this Sandwich Generation granny nanny used to make my own homemade bread. I've done it the hard way by kneading it by hand. I've done it the wonderfully easy way of using a Bosch bread mixer (awesome thing).
And either way we loved it. Fresh hot bread with butter dripping down. Homemade cinnamon rolls. Hand crafted pizza. Yummmm!
Fast forward a few decades. My nest is emptier, my schedule is busier, and health and dietary issues have combined to change all that. Now, when I want yummy bread, I head for one of my fave restaurants, Panera Bakery. This month, they are featuring a totally delicious pumpkin muffin and, of course, their french baguette is always a major hit – especially when I add in the pesto sauce from the Pesto Vegetable Soup.
Not all of my friends and family can join me in these delicious treats due to health issues, though. From celiac disease to the swallowing issues of Parkinsons Disease to EOS to helping a senior loved one with Alzheimers Disease, there are many physical illnesses and conditions that prohibit eating bread, and often other foods as well. Praise God, He has provided other foods for them to eat, and is "growing" the medical knowledge many need. And that is such a blessing!
Even better, in my own life, I share something very special with the loved ones who are dealing with these issues or have dealt with them over the years. Something other than that yummy crusty bread that tastes so divine the minute it comes out of the oven, though not quite as yummy a short while later when it's cooled down. Instead we share a sweet love for the true Bread of Life – Jesus Christ – Who never fades away! Who is always there for us. And Who helps us through the health crisis that bread and other foods can cause.
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life ; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst…."For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and IMyself will raise him up on the last day." John 6:35, 40
Yes, it's definitely frustrating when you have to say no to food you love. Whether it's that cookie I crave but my metabolism says no to. Or much harder – when it's the eggs, toast, and butter that looks so good and everyone else can eat yet will make your body so sick. But for those of us who are blessed with the bread of Life, we know that someday…in heaven…that will never again be a problem. And while we are here on earth, we can work together in whatever areas God has called us to minister and encourage those who do struggle with finding food that their bodies can handle. That's a special calling for many of us in the Sandwich Generation, isn't it?
Have a blessed Sunday – in AND out of the Sandwich Generation – with interesting "food" for thought at both Spiritual Sunday AND this year's BLOG ACTION DAY – #BAD11 – with their focus on, you guessed it, #FOOD. 🙂