Why Whole Grain?1. The seed must be cast into the cold, dark ground,
    Before the new life and the fruit abound;
So old carnal nature must be buried and dead,

Refrain
There’s much religion in a loaf of bread.
There’s much religion in a loaf of bread.

2. The chaff must be separated from the wheat,
    Before the grain is suitable to eat;
So old harmful habits must be separated,
Refrain

3. The grain must be ground into a wholesome flour,
    To bring forth goodness and the hidden pow’r;
So draw out your talents to serve others instead,
Refrain

4. The yeast must be mixed into the lump of dough,
    To give it life, to make it rise and grow;
So truth, like the leaven, mix in heart and in head,
Refrain

5. The bread must be baked under the fiery heat,
    Before it’s sweet and light and good to eat;
So we must have trials as the prophet has said,
Refrain

6. The bread will be sold within the baker’s shop,
    To be served on a fam’ly table-top;
Soon Jesus will gather us into His homestead,
Refrain


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This song was inspired by a passage from the book, The Ministry of Healing, page 302:

It is a sacred duty for those who cook to learn how to prepare healthful food. Many souls are lost as the result of poor cookery. It takes thought and care to make good bread; but there is more religion in a loaf of good bread than many think.

While Ellen White meant this instruction in a very practical way, I have spiritualized the bread-making process in this song, showing how each step in the process illustrates a step in the spiritual life. Bon appetit!

Bread in the Old Bakehouse

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