Daily Archives: March 2, 2015

Jesus The Bread of Life

Read John 6:25-35

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35

For all humans and creatures, paying attention to physical hunger and thirst is essential. But hunger and thirst can also apply to spiritual realities. There are deserts where people find themselves emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually bankrupt. In those places pain, longing, and danger lurk. Temptations abound which offer temporary relief from hunger and thirst realities. There are many ‘things’ that could feed us or quench our thirst.

Yet in the midst of these places of temptation, Jesus’ words resound, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

We are assured throughout scripture that there are no places where we find ourselves that Jesus is not present. In the midst of the worst hungers of our lives, we are not alone. God is there saying, “I am with you.” We are assured that no matter where we find ourselves God is there — offering water to our thirsty spirits and food for our desperately hungry hearts.

Thought: God meets us in every situation of our lives and offers living bread and water.

Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for offering bread and water to our hungry and thirsting souls and bodies. Amen.

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Accepting Change

Read Isaiah 43:1-7

Paul wrote, “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

When I was younger, I welcomed change. That was probably because I either instigated the changes in my life or at least seemed to have control over them. Life was full of new possibilities as I learned new things and made new friends. Change was everywhere, encouraged and embraced.

Now that I am older, I realize that life sometimes leads me to places I don’t want to go. I have become resistant to change and often try to cling to the status quo. My head knows that this is possible, but my heart remains stubborn.

We often don’t see “the big picture” in life; only God does. Change can bring about anxiety and fear, until we recognize that God is with us in the midst of all change.

Letting go of fear begins when we trust in God. When change comes, we can ask what we may learn from the situation. We can look for what God might be trying to teach us, which can lessen our resistance to change. And we can pray that we will be able to cope with change and allow God to guide us through it.

Thought for the Day: Fear decreases as faith increases.

Prayer: O God, walk with us today and be our guide through whatever changes may come.

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When I Was Drowning

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” Matthew 25:35-36 

We see someone drowning and, with good intentions, wait for the “right” person for the job. But God put us in front of the ones who need air. We see them with our eyes. We understand the need. God chose us for these jobs. And while we wait for an expert to jump in, someone is drowning.

I urge you today, if you see someone drowning, jump into the water. Grab them by the hand and guide them to the only true Life Preserver. Whatever you do for them, you do also for the King of Kings.

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