For years, my father has always reminded me to eat breakfast, “it is the most important meal of the day.” However, as an adult, the busyness of the morning seems to win out making breakfast a cup of coffee and a granola bar. While a busy or hectic morning are to blame for my poor breakfast habits, many children have no choice but to skip breakfast. Breakfast helps children pay attention, problem-solve tasks, and recall, but only if you are able to eat breakfast.
Even though there were towns where the people could feed themselves, Jesus insisted on the disciples providing for the people, giving 5 loaves and 2 fish to well over 5000.
We cannot demand that children are “sent elsewhere” for this important meal. We need to find our 5 loaves and 2 fish so that we might be able to feed the 11.5 million children in the National School breakfast program, providing for all aspects of a child’s education.
Providing God, help us remember the entire picture of a child’s education. Guide us in the ways we are to speak for nutrition and healthy lifestyle, as part of a quality education, made available to all of your children. We are their voices. Amen.
Rev. Laura Phillips, Associate Minister
First Christian Church
Baton Rouge, Louisiana