So why sourdough? This is a question I get often, and truthfully I don't know why I started making sourdough other than tackling a new challenge and something to do for fun. But now I put my heart and soul into making this bread and I love every piece of it! I believe that food is fellowship, and that it deserves to be something celebrated and cherished. In my tagline - artisan sourdough making you whole - you'll see that this business has significance and meaning for me. I believe wholeheartedly that sourdough goes beyond just indulgence in the very best kind, but that it makes us into whole beings, uniquely bonded with Christ.
I was reading in Leviticus, specifically in Leviticus 24 when God told Moses that the priests were to tend to the golden lamps continually and make bread offerings every sabbath. Light and bread are two of the most basic human needs. Without light we have no direction, and without food our bodies and minds become weak. In the same way, these needs exist spiritually too. Light and bread are reminders that God's presence was always with His people. I find it fascinating that God uses bread as symbolism in this way. The bread God is referring to in this passage represents the coming of the messiah. He commands only the finest flour and to make loaves without yeast. Yeast at the time signified impurities, and bread of fine flour and without yeast was an offering of the purest form. It's a representation that the messiah will come and be with His people. I love that God commands for bread without yeast because that's sourdough - a naturally leavened bread! (Although technically God meant unleavened bread in general because artificial yeast wasn't a thing back then) Sourdough is still leavened, but in today's era of processed foods sourdough is bread in its purest form!
I love this symbolism that sourdough can mean for all of us. It symbolizes Jesus' presence filling our bodies and satisfying both our physical and spiritual needs. When we take communion in church, the bread is the body of Jesus purifying us in body and spirit. John 6:35 says, "Then Jesus declared, 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." Jesus is both the light of the world (John 8:12) and the bread of life!
The next time you're enjoying some of my freshly made sourdough, remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross, and envision His presence with us today making us whole :)