Just a Whiff of the Bread
August 20, 2000
MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH ... AND THE MEDITATIONS OF ALL
OUR HEARTS ... BE ALWAYS ACCEPTABLE TO YOU --- OUR STRENGTH AND
OUR REDEEMER AMEN
I love household gadgets. I enjoy wandering around the store looking at all the new stuff. One of the best ideas in my mind is the coffee pot, and the bread maker with a timer. Waking up is almost worthwhile to the smell of fresh bread. Very quickly I become aware of my hunger and the immediate satisfaction of that hunger which is available.
Have you ever come forward wanting the "bread of life" with that kind of enthusiasm? ... Few of us do. We might come to church seeking something to fill a void in our being .. we might.
We don't look to Jesus to fill our physical hunger . But, do we look to Jesus and Can Jesus fill our spiritual hunger? Can communion .. the bread of life ... the cup of salvation .. fill those other gaps in us? Satisfy those other hungers?
Maybe ----- the way to approach that question .. to answer that question is to begin by exploring, "What are those other hungers within me? What spiritual gaps are there in my life?"
First -- let's take even one more step backwards .. at least in logic .. God created us. God created all that we are. We may have used that creation well, or poorly. That God allows us to choose but God did create us.
Which means -- God created the spiritual gaps in our being. Those holes .. those hungers are not accidental, or evil. They are part of God's creation. And, God is a loving God.
Therefore --- (any time you hear a theological argument with the word "therefore" -- be skeptical!! Few theological debates are clear enough to warrant a "therefore" -- but I think this one is.) .... Therefore, as a loving God, God provides what is needed to fill the spiritual gaps, satisfy the hunger which is within us.
There is a delightful, ol ...
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