Partakers All

January 5, 2015
by Brenda Wood

Have you switched yet? Studies suggest that whole grain breads are healthier than the white, doughy stuff our mothers used for our lunches. It includes the whole grain, not just bits left over from the milling process.

You may have covered this in 4-H or health class. Each kernel of grain includes:

1. Bran (I can hear you now!) – Bran is fibre, but also includes antioxidants and vitamins.

2. Endosperm – the inner part; has protein, carbs, some vitamins and minerals.

3. Germ – sprouts the new plant; high in vitamins B and E; also has bits of mineral, antioxidants, and essential fats (Yes, you heard right — essential fats).

With bran and germ removed, nothing remains but white flour. Iron and B vitamins must be added back into the flour.

Some of us live or worship in white bread communities where folks around us look just like us. If someone with a different skin colour or maybe a disability shows up, we panic. What if they are bran or germ? What if they bring more friends that look like them? Oh, my goodness. We'll be whole grain!

It will be good for us and for them, too. We'll have the opportunity to share Christ with them, and they will enrich our community with their gifts. Then we will truly be whole grain.

1 Corinthians 10:17 – For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 12:12-13 – For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. (KJV)

Prayer: Lord, may we never think or act as though our colour, ability, size, or anything else is better than another's. For Christ, who died for us all. Amen.

About the author:

Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Very good.


    Always a needed message. Thanks for sharing.


    Another great devotional Brenda. Thank you.


    Almost laughed out loud with delight – wonderful parable for us all. Thank you.


    Love your reflection! Thanks for a multi-grain message to begin 2015 and to celebrate Epiphany.


    Thanks for another thought provoking message, Brenda. You do have a way with words. Happy New Year!


    Powerful message Brenda.
    What a clever way to say it.
    Happy New Year.


    Brenda, Well done — Good & faithful servant. Personally I prefer multi-grain, that covers all in Jesus name! Amen and God bless.


    Well, what can I say Brenda. Another lovely devotional. I have just read something akin to your message.
    God’s blessing on your day!


    Good morning, Brenda! What an interesting comparison to use to get readers to sit back and really think about your devotion.
    Do continue to write.
    God bless!


    Dear Brenda,
    You gave us a devotional to think on.
    What does it mean if I’m black or brown?
    One brown minister said, “In Canada ministers are in their offices; in Aftica ministers are out on the streets.”
    How much do we care? I pray that God will cause us to care for the souls of mankind.
    Yes, and for our bodies too for they are God’s temples. I eat brown bread.


    Brenda, what an interesting way to make a great point. I enjoyed this message!
    Blessings.

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