Bread of the Presence

The Bread of Life

Happy holy days everyone! This Holy Celebration begins and ends with the breaking of bread. We gather together to eat, drink and have a Merry Christmas.

Jesus calls Himself, “The Bread of Life” in John 6:35 –

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

Christmas Tablesetting for Four

Hungry in the Wilderness

In the Old Testament we learn how the Israelites wandered in the wilderness and became hungry. A wise man named Moses prayed and Manna rained from Heaven. We were hungry for fellowship with our God. Wise men prayed. Wise men searched and found the “Manna from Heaven” lying in a feeding trough. A shivering child born to Mary in what else, but a manger!

Mixing silver and gold china


Also in the Old Testament, the shewbread was placed in the tabernacle according to the Law. 12 loaves for a week. The bread was to be before our LORD 24/7 to represent HIS presence being with us at all times. The bread was replaced on the Sabbath. Only the priests were allowed to eat the bread and it was to be eaten in a holy place.

Why twelve loaves?  They represented the 12 tribes of Israel and I would submit the 12 disciples after the coming of Christ. Israel was the pathway for the Son of Man to be born into the world. The 12 disciples were the pathway for the Son of Man to be shared with the world.

I am the bread of life
You who come to Me shall not hunger
And those who believe in Me shall not thirst


Manna sustained the Israelites for awhile. They were searching for a land flowing with milk and honey. (Ex. 33:3) Green pastures. After 40 years, they entered and the land provided. It produced milk and honey. There were times of peace and times of war. There were Sabbath days and Sabbath years. God provided. They wanted a king. God provided. David, from the tribe of Judah was the bloodline.

The colors of Christmas

Why a Manger?

Our KING of all KINGS was born in a manger. The shewbread that anyone can partake of. Was this bread holy? The MOST. Was it for priests only? No, it was offered to the whole world. It is still offered to all who believe. We can come to HIM and fellowship with HIM just as if we are sharing a meal with a brother. We respect and adore our KING, and we have access to HIM 24/7.  Jesus said,

The bread that I will give
Is My flesh for the life of the world
And if you eat of this bread
You shall live forever

Dessert cordials

Our KING, did something no other King has ever done. HE laid down HIS life. No one took it. No one murdered HIM. HE gave it as a gift. The wise men brought gifts. Myrrh was to embalm HIS body, gold as a symbol of kingship and the frankincense symbolized priesthood. Our sacrifice, the LAMB of GOD, raised HIMSELF, THE HIGH PRIEST, on the HOLIEST of SABBATH DAYS to sit forever at the right hand of the FATHER, making another pathway.

I am the resurrection
I am the life
If you believe in Me
Even though you die
You shall live forever

cranberry wreath

Spread the good news! Sing unto the LORD! Deck the halls and prepare the feast! The Bread of the Presence was born in a manger! HE is among us.

wall art as table runner

Let not the vision of HIS birth be blurred.

Jesus in the Manger

O Come Let Us Adore Him…

The Bread of the Presence

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34 thoughts on “Bread of the Presence

  1. Love and appreciate the commentary that flows with your post… the true meaning of Christmas! Very beautifully and eloquently written! Your tablesetting is beautiful, so serene and inviting! 🙂 ~Rhonda

  2. Yours is a tablescape with true meaning and how special to hear again, especially at this time of year, that Jesus is the bread of life and he came to save us from our sins. I enjoyed seeing your lovey nativity set and the pretty dishes and tableware surrounding it.

  3. Hello Kim, your table is lovely. Such a powerful message and true to form. Love the manger. The plate stack is so pretty. In fact, I have those same napkins. Blessings to you.

  4. Kim, your layered plates and wooden centerpiece is so elegant. My 88 year old mother has a Nativity scene that she bought in Louisiana when she was 16 years old, and on Christmas Eve, she would read from the Bible, reminding us all what the season is truly about. Happy to join you today at the blog hop!

  5. Kim, your table is gorgeous! I love the red, green and gold color palette that you chose. Your nativity is beautiful, and I love the way you incorporated the Christmas story into your tablescape. I am so happy and honored to be joining you and the other talented ladies in the blog hop!

  6. Kim, I love how you incorporated the Christmas story into your tablescape. That’s something we all need to do more during the holidays. Your centerpiece is a wonderful way to ground the table and set stage for all your pieces. Thanks for sharing on the Tablescape Blog Hop.

  7. Thank you so much for being a part of the Tablescape Blog Hop. Your message is a blessing and your table is pretty. The wood piece that holds and supports the candles is unique, I have never seen anything like it! Enjoying the hop!

  8. It’s nice to see you back Kim! Your table is lovely and the nativity scene is gorgeous! I love the carved wood piece on the center of your table- Happy Holidays!

  9. Beautiful and meaningful post.
    Great photos, Kim! Your plate stack is so elegant! I love your layers of sheer napkins. I looked high and low in my area for a sheer gold napkin with no luck. You must share your source.
    Your table runner is so unique and I like your vintage glassware too.

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