Bread for Life

We want to see magic,
something special,
out of the ordinary,
we need to know
for sure.

We want our needs meeting,
in the way we want.
we like full stomachs,
especially if we don’t have to work hard.

But really
we are seeking,
searching
for something else,
something beyond,
something more.

We need to trust,
we need something
we can put our hope in,
something that will sustain us
– all of our being,
we want life
in all it’s fulness.

Jesus said
“come to me,
come with me,
I have what you need.
Not just for today,
until you get hungry again,
but for always.

Come to me
and you will have food for life.
You need never
hunger and thirst
for eternal,
truly life-enhancing things
again.”

Lord,
I come
to share in all you have to give me.
Not what disappears,
or will leave me
hungering and thirsting
for more.

May I not seek
just the spectacular,
but what you do every day,
in my life.

May I look
for those things
of lasting value,
your value;
not just material gifts
but spiritual ones too.

Lord I come to you,
feed me I pray,
nourish and strengthen me
in the life
you call me to.

John 6:24-35 (CEV)

24 They saw that Jesus and his disciples had left. Then they got into the boats and went to Capernaum to look for Jesus. 25 They found him on the west side of the lake and asked, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

26 Jesus answered, “I tell you for certain that you are not looking for me because you saw the miracles, but because you ate all the food you wanted.27 Don’t work for food that spoils. Work for food that gives eternal life. The Son of Man will give you this food, because God the Father has given him the right to do so.”

28 “What exactly does God want us to do?” the people asked.

29 Jesus answered, “God wants you to have faith in the one he sent.”

30 They replied, “What miracle will you work, so that we can have faith in you? What will you do? 31 For example, when our ancestors were in the desert, they were given manna to eat. It happened just as the Scriptures say, ‘God gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

32 Jesus then told them, “I tell you for certain that Moses wasn’t the one who gave you bread from heaven. My Father is the one who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 And the bread that God gives is the one who came down from heaven to give life to the world.”

34 The people said, “Lord, give us this bread and don’t ever stop!”

35 Jesus replied:

I am the bread that gives life! No one who comes to me will ever be hungry. No one who has faith in me will ever be thirsty.

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