Bread for the Journey

I felt like making some “lembas bread” today! If you enjoy Lord of the Rings like I do, you know what I’m talking about…

Lembas bread refers to round wafers of bread wrapped in leaves, made by the elves of Lothlorian, and given as gifts to Frodo and his companions to sustain them in the difficult journey ahead. This bread had a magical property which benefitted travelers: one bite was sustaining as a meal and the bread would last a long time. It’s perfect for sustaining a traveler on a long, hard journey.

My “lembas bread” is a homemade, mildly sweet, whole-wheat unleavened cookie. The original recipe was used for communion.

The flour, egg, cinnamon, and sugar have no magical properties.

But the meaning behind it is powerful!

Communion bread represents Jesus body, broken for us on the cross. We are forgiven, have the help of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, and can know Jesus’ presence always. How powerful to experience that in real moments of real life!

Small connections with Jesus are the source of sustaining strength for this sometimes long, hard journey in life.

Even if you haven’t been able to celebrate communion with your church, celebrate it at home, either by yourself or with those in your household. Simply turn to 1 Cor 11:23-26, and use any juice and any bread or cracker.

Here’s my recipe, if you would like to make them yourself:

Jesus is our lembas bread, our strength for the journey today!

Kathryn Featherstone is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and a board-certified Christian Life Coach. Write her a note if this post resonates with you, or you would like to learn more about being coached.

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