After a long night of empty-net fishing, seven discouraged disciples turned their boat toward shore. The surprise of an early morning Jesus-sighting and the gift of an unexpected and bountiful catch turned their day upside down, and their shore-side picnic with Jesus is one of my favorite New Testament images. What’s not to love about a Messiah who redeems the world from destruction, rises from the dead, and then cooks breakfast for you?
While conditions that morning were rustic, it soon became clear Jesus was setting the table for a heart-to-heart with Peter:
The memory of fried fish still lingers in the morning air
As two friends rest on the sand.
Arms weary from hauling netted abundance,
Bleary-eyed from little sleep,
Peter regards his Lord,
He who still provides.
“Do you love me, Simon?”
No mention of the Rock today.
Do memories of a blazing fire and hot
words sear the disciple’s memory as he
ponders the question?
No fiery proclamations this morning–
Smoke rises and embers dim on the cook fire.
Fish has never made it onto the breakfast menu here on the hill, but breakfast is an important gathering nonetheless. Something nutritious served with love is a great beginning to the day. Add a lit candle and an open Bible, and you’ve got nutrition for both body and soul. Asheritah Ciuciu has created a beautiful resource that combines biblically rich devotional food with a collection of thirty-one healthful and inviting recipes to go along with each day’s reading.
Bible and Breakfast: 31 Mornings with Jesus introduces mums with busy mornings into the practice of feeding our bodies and souls together. The reality of mum-life is that every morning looks a little bit different. Sometimes there will be time for feasting on the Word while double chocolate banana muffins or baked cheesy polenta fill the house with the aroma of homemade love. Rushed mornings call for one of Asheritah’s “snack on the go” devotionals and baked oatmeal cups doled out to the crew on the way out the door.
Let Jesus’s invitation to “Come and have breakfast” change your morning routine as you incorporate habits of holiness into your day and live your way into the daily welcome of God’s presence and his love.
Many thanks to Moody Publishers for providing a copy of this book to facilitate my review, which, of course, is offered freely and with honesty.