by Bob Wickizer

Humanity Matters
Bob Wickizer
1 Kings 19:4-8 / Psalm 34:1-8; Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-51

In her 70s, grandma had a number of serious medical conditions, overweight, CHF, cancer and recovery from a life-threatening automobile accident a few years earlier. Grandad took care of her every day. She was confined to a wheel chair so they designed and had a contractor build an amazing shower/tub thing out of tile so she could role in, sit down and clean up. Grandad cooked breakfast and brought it to her. When the cleaning lady showed up he left for his office. He got up with her in the middle of the night when she had coughing spells and he waited on her hand and foot until the burden of her care was too great for him and she went to the hospital. Her time there was only a few weeks before she died. Grandad's health suffered during those years. He literally sacrificed part of his own health to care for her.

They say we learn about love from our parents, but the love, dedication and sacrifice of my grandparents for each other provided solid testimony to the redemptive power of love for a large extended family.

Our culture teaches the exact opposite of this. Here is a sampling of philosophies of life I have heard recently:

- When the lights go out, that's it.
- Get as much as you can as fast as you can.
- If you're not at the table, you're on the menu
- Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get
- The purpose of life is to pursue happiness during our life. A good life is a happy and exciting life. The ultimate measure of life's success is the happiness in our life. (secular humanist)

But Jesus said to the people, ''I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.'' His life, his love, his flesh and bones were to be consumed for our benefit.

People who knew Jesus son of Joseph began to complain about him. From their perspective he came from Joseph and ...

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