26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
May you enjoy the gift of gratitude today and every day.
I’ve been reflecting on how blessed I am this morning during my quiet time with God. Your post is like dessert to my morning devotional.
I love it that Jesus doesn’t simply give us bread. He IS the bread. Now that is something to be thankful for.
Thanks, Tamela, for boosting my Thanksgiving Day with His words.
Praising God our Father for His Son, our Savior. Thank you for the devotional, Tamela.
On this great day of Giving Thanks to God, my favorite holiday of the year, here is a relevant and powerful reflection on thankfulness written by my beloved bride of 28 years, as published in her epilogue to “The Caleb Years.” Copyrite 2014, David Ingerson; Word & Spirit Publishing, LLC; Used with permission.
“I began to understand why God admonished me to be thankful. Thankfulness guards the heart. It shields one from the insidious nature of ingratitude. A contented, grateful heart will not surrender to resentment and self-pity, nor will it plummet into the muck of bitterness and unforgiveness. It simply is not possible to be both grateful and bitter. Truly, there is a protective nature to thankfulness.
Thankfulness is a necessary response to God’s goodness. I began to be thankful in all things. I sought to not only recognize but also acknowledge God’s hand—His blessings—in all my circumstances, especially the most difficult.
Furthermore, I began to understand that even when I do not feel grateful, I can nonetheless choose to be thankful. When I so do, I reap an abundant harvest of not only peace that dispels my anxious thoughts and desperate fears but also joy that strengthens and allows me to sing in the midst of sorrow and suffering.
Thankfulness opens the door and ushers in peace and joy like a blessed breeze on a hot and humid Louisiana summer day. The oppressive heat and humidity just won’t subside, but the welcome breeze helps one to endure the unwelcome and unkind heat.”
Happy Thanksgiving! #thecalebyears