Author and the Lord of life, having power tocreate and to control. He is also the sustenanceof life, the nourishment of life. This is theteaching of the passage before us, "I am the breadof life."What is bread? The dictionaries tell us thatit is "food; the support of life in general," andthat definition is sufficient for our purposes.Bread in its generic sense consists of those sub-stances that are necessary to keep up the physicalstructure, to repair the waste of the body, and tosupply the forces necessary for the activities of life — these substances put into palatable and as-148 COQUERIG FORCES.similable form. We are told that the human bodyis composed of some fifteen or twenty substances —iron, sulphur, phosphorus, sodium, calcium,and the rest — and as these waste away they mustbe replaced in the form of nourishment — bread.All nourishment for the physical man comes fromthe material world whence the body comes. Andyet no particle of bread comes to us directly fromthe material world. It comes to us always throughthe ministry of life. Life in some form mustreach out its mystic hand and gather from soiland atmosphere, from sunshine and showers thosenecessary substances — the iron and the phosphor-us and the other things — that I need and bringthem up within my reach. The soil on which Istand and the atmosphere that envelops my bodymay hold in greatest abundance the elements thatmust contribute the food I need; but unless lifeshall mediate between me and the inorganicworld, I must perish for lack of bread.