When Dad Makes Breakfast.

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” John 21:12a

I used this verse countless times as a manipulative tactic to get my kids to eat SOMETHING each morning, wielding an emphatic, “That’s why it’s called ‘breakfast’. Get it? ‘Break. The. Fast’?” During my years counseling as a dietitian in private practice, I shared this little bit of Biblical knowledge with those not-so-convinced of the metabolic importance of a morning’s meal.

Alright, so consider me a breakfast Nazi. But stoking the metabolic engine each morning with a healthful meal lends itself to a long list of benefits – weight control being one I particularly appreciate. http://www.webmd.com/diet/many-benefits-breakfast

Following eight-plus years of home education, my youngest daughter now attends a local Christian high school. Well, by golly, one morning, I chose to make her momma’s extra special breakfast. She entered the kitchen to find a steaming plate of homemade, whole wheat pancakes on the table. My smile was met with a sleepy, but honest, “I don’t want pancakes.”

When Dad Makes Breakfast-3-picmonkey I swallowed a disgruntled ‘Okay, fine then’ as she dragged herself to the pantry for a box of sugar cereal.

When she comes downstairs in the morning now, however, Dad can be found scrambling a few eggs for her at the stove. And, wha-la! She eats them.

Was it the food, the chef, or both? Either way, let it be said around my house that Dad makes breakfast.When Dad Makes Breakfast-2-picmonkey

And Jesus made breakfast.

Early one morning after a successful catch of fish, the disciples saw a fire of burning coals on the shore with fish on it and some bread.

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” John 21:12a

My dietitian eyes can’t help but take notice of the fact that Jesus offered a nourishing meal of rich protein perfectly coupled with complex carbohydrate. No jelly donuts and chocolate milk here. In fact, gazing more closely, I see that there’s more on the breakfast menu than fish and bread.

Jesus offered Himself.

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” John 21:12a

Break. The. Fast. Am I doing without the nourishment of His word and wondering why I feel listless and without the energy to face obstacles throughout the day?

~When Dad makes breakfast it reminds me that I am cherished and worth being served.

~When Dad makes breakfast I am offered what my body needs.

~When Dad makes breakfast my soul is nourished.

“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, 

for I bear your name, O Lord God Almighty.” Jeremiah 15:16

When Dad Makes Breakfast-picmonkey.When Dad makes breakfast it’s really something special. It would be wise for me to take the time to sit and eat. Because breakfast, after all, is the most important meal of the day.


  1. Now I’m needing some “break” fast!

  2. So am I! Breakfast with the FATHER 🙂 (although a toasted bagel with cream cheese would be good, too).

  3. meomurian says:

    What a great analogy! As a divorced friend of mine shared about missing having breakfast with her husband each morning, somelne shared with her that she could have her morning coffee with Jesus, just the two of them each morning.

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