Representing the Bread of Life

Representing the Bread of Life December 17, 2018

My spiritual musings for the day:

We had a fun and deep conversation today on the way to church. My 16 year old son was responsible for bringing the sacrament bread today and I had forgotten to buy the typical loaf I usually get… Wonder-type, cheap white bread.

But I had “Dave’s Killer Bread” on hand instead. Super healthy… full of grains… dark…

So we talked about how this was a much better choice anyway. It better represents a body that was Jewish and Middle Eastern… not the typically historically incorrect caucasian, blue-eyed Jesus we usually see depicted at church.

It cost me about three times the amount of the other type of loaf. So we were bringing something that symbolized more quality and worth to represent the Savior.

He was crucified next to thieves and robbers… and this particular bread is made by a former convict.

The entire message of atonement and repentance seemed to have more meaning for us from this perspective as well. As sinners we partake. All people who fall short in some way or other. And yet we are all of worth and redeemable. All given so much more than a “second chance.”

I found myself emotional and full of spirt as I witnessed our bread being dispersed throughout our ward family.

Now if we could have had a good merlot to accompany it… it would have been perfect. ūüėČ

Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT, CST can be reached at and runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions, which focuses on helping families and individuals with faith concerns, sexuality and mental health. She hosts the Mormon Mental Health and Mormon Sex Info Podcasts, is the current president of the Mormon Mental Health Association and runs a sex education program, Sex Talk with Natasha. She has over 20 years of experience working with primarily an LDS/Mormon clientele.

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