Hymn #35 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — Break Thou the Bread of Life
Break Thou the bread of life, dear Lord, to me,
As Thou didst break the loaves beside the sea;
Beyond the sacred page I seek Thee, Lord,
My spirit pants for Thee, O living Word.
Seeking Christ beyond the page. Sounds exciting, real detective-y stuff. But wait… we are “people of the Book”; how do we stay true to Scripture, and still venture beyond the sacred page when our spirits seek to know God more deeply?
Perhaps, first, we must know Christ in and through the Scripture. We must know the stories of Jesus preserved for us in the Gospels, the teachings of Jesus in parable, and the example of kingdom living in his dealings with the world around him. We must know the Jesus of the Bible, and we must teach Jesus to our children. We must call that Jesus to remembrance in each other’s presence in sacred story, in chilling chant and holy harmony.
But then, oh then… we are privileged to seek Jesus beyond the page — walking with us, bearing our burdens, urging us on toward maturity, our friend and brother.
The Bread of Life, broken for you.