I love this book.
‘Sleeping with bread-holding what gives you life’. It is written by the Linn family and is really a book about Ignatian spirituality. The cover shows a picture of a child sleeping with a piece of bread. During world war II many children across Europe were orphaned and left to starve. The lucky ones were rescued and placed in refugee camps where they received food and care. But many of the children could not sleep at night. They were frightened of waking up and finding themselves with no food. Nothing seemed to reassure them. Finally someone hit on the idea of giving each child a piece of bread to hold at bedtime. All through the night the bread reminded them, ‘today I ate and I will eat tomorrow.’
The book introduces a way of prayerfully reviewing our lives to identify those things that give us life so that we can hold on to them and those things that seem to sap the life out of us so that we can let them go. It is a very simple book. It is about asking ourselves two important questions; For what moment today am I most grateful For what moment today am I least grateful. For centuries prayerful people have found direction for their life by identifying these moments.
This Sunday I talked with the congregation about what is it that makes them feel most fully alive. Or to put it another way, had they ever been caught up in something that seems so much bigger than themselves that they couldn’t quite put it into words, a moment of sheer joy and connectedness. We then asked ourselves, was this something actually someone. Is it Jesus that makes us feel fully alive? We then decided that God’s will is generally for us to do more of whatever we are most grateful for or whatever gives us the most life. I’d like to suggest that we feel most fully alive when we are doing what in our heart of hearts we love to do.
For me that is following Jesus.