Theologian Robert McAfee Brown has said, “I believe we are placed here to be companions—a wonderful word that comes from cum panis (“with bread”). We are here to share bread with one another so that everyone has enough. The sharing begins in our homes and ripples out to all of society.

Another writer, a woman named Abbie Graham, explained it like this:

(Love) lives not, I think, in bread and wine, but in the breaking of bread and in the sharing of wine. Bread unbroken does not fortify the heart, but bread divided among all who hunger will sustain the spirit. 

Abbie Graham

Companionship is excellent bread for the world. May we all find fresh ways of living and loving together, while growing in freedom and love for others.

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