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Summary: In the midst of chaos there is hope, there is One who is our strength and refuge.

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How can we be thankful during difficult times?

When our world is falling apart…

When we have more questions than answers…

When bad things happen to good people…

When evil seems to be gaining ground…

When the last penny is spent and retirement is decades away…

When your retirement savings are gone and you still have many years to live…

When your medical coverage has come to an end and you’ve found no relief…

When the doctor says its terminal…

When the fire marshal says its time to evacuate…

When the phone rings in the middle of night and the news is much worse than you could ever image…

When life is hard, when there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel, where do we turn? How can we be thankful during difficult times?

The Bible teaches us that we can trust in God. Psalm 46 reminds us that God is our strength and our refuge - our place of security and safety. Everything else WILL fall away at one time or another. Health, Wealth, Job Security, Family and Friends. But not God. All else may forsake but God will not. All else may collapse but God won’t.

No one knows what tomorrow will bring. In life there is only One who is constant, who is firm, who is secure. Our God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. His promises can be ours today! How can we be thankful during difficult times? Only when we recognize that God is our only source of strength and refuge - our only security in this life and the one to come.

Today we gather for communion and Thanksgiving. The elements which Jesus left for us to use, help us to remember that in life there is One who is constant. One who will never let us down. One who knows how we feel… who knows what we need… who never abandons and never forsakes His children. And for that reason everyone can be truly thankful during tough times.

This morning I’d like to share with you some thoughts about bread. You see, although Jesus said "man does not live by bread alone" - he wasn’t saying that it wasn’t important. He was simply saying that there was something which is more important - God’s Word. Bread was important in His day and it is important in our day too. It’s an essential staple we all need if our bodies are going to function properly. Remember the Lord’s prayer, "…give us this day our daily bread" ?

Bread has always been a central theme in my life. In scarcity and in plenty there was always bread. At common every day meals and at family celebrations there was always bread. I remember my grandmother’s World I and World War II ration stories. Meat wasn’t plentiful but there was always enough bread to go around. When my grandmother wanted to have a good steak sandwich she would pack her bread and head towards the home of a wealthy family and eat her bread as the aroma of fried steak and garlic climbed out the chimney of the stranger’s house.

I remember my grandmother also telling me stories about feeding the neighbourhood cats with stale bread and fish water. Bread was treated with great respect and nothing was ever wasted. One of my most favorite Portuguese dishes is called " Açorda" (pronounced ah-sorr-dah) its made from stale bread, olive oil, garlic, egg, salt, and water. Bread was viewed as a sacred gift. On occasion, when bread would spoil, my grandmother would kiss the bread before throwing it out in reverence for God’s provision which had been wasted. As she threw out the bread she would say a ritual prayer that went something like "May our daily bread never fail".


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