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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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So Much Need

So many people,
so much need.

So much pain,
hurt,
injustice,
brokenness.

So many people
in need of help,
hope,
healing,
love,
peace,
God’s presence
in their darkness.

So much wandering,
so many lost,
in need of care,
tending,
guiding,
seeing a way through.

So many hungry
for sustenance,
a new way,
a new day,
food that lasts,
someone to notice their needs
and help them.

So many needing Jesus
and all he brings.

So many Lord,
including me.

by John L Bell/Iona Community

TAKE THIS MOMENT, sign and space;
Take my friends around;
Here among us make the place
Where your love is found.

Take the time to call my name
Take the time to mend
Who I am and what I’ve been,
All I’ve failed to tend.

Take the tiredness of my days,
Take my past regret,
Letting your forgiveness touch
All I can’t forget.

Take the little child in me,
Scared of growing old;
Help him here to find his worth
Made in Christ’s own mould.

Take my talents, take my skills,
Take what’s yet to be;
Let my life be yours, and yet,
Let it still be me.

Copyright © 1989 Iona Community

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 (CEV)

Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

30 After the apostles returned to Jesus, they told him everything they had done and taught. 31 But so many people were coming and going that Jesus and the apostles did not even have a chance to eat. Then Jesus said, “Let’s go to a place where we can be alone and get some rest.” 32 They left in a boat for a place where they could be alone. 33 But many people saw them leave and figured out where they were going. So people from every town ran on ahead and got there first.

34 When Jesus got out of the boat, he saw the large crowd that was like sheep without a shepherd. He felt sorry for the people and started teaching them many things.

Jesus Heals Sick People in Gennesaret

53 Jesus and his disciples crossed the lake and brought the boat to shore near the town of Gennesaret. 54 As soon as they got out of the boat, the people recognized Jesus. 55 So they ran all over that part of the country to bring their sick people to him on mats. They brought them each time they heard where he was. 56 In every village or farm or marketplace where Jesus went, the people brought their sick to him. They begged him to let them just touch his clothes, and everyone who did was healed.

Soul Food

Recently I have been on a search.  There was a product I’d used that I loved, and run out of.  Except now I can’t find it in any of the stores I’ve bought it in before.  I have been round them all in turn over recent weeks, and I cannot track it down – yet it is something I really want.

How we search for something we want and need.

John 6:24-35

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.

The people are searching for Jesus again.  It’s like they can’t let him out of their sight in case he disappears.  I guess they seen what he offers, and they like it and want it.

But Jesus questions them on whether they are looking for the right thing or the right reasons.

Are they looking for a miracle worker, someone who does great wonders?  Someone who will make their life easier by providing what they need?

Or are they looking for the different way of life that Jesus offers?  The way of living God’s ways?

Jesus suspects it is the former.  But he tells them, they should not be looking to what he does, but the God who enables him – the one who sends the food to truly fulfil their needs.

Jesus offers, not bread for today, but food for life.  Food not just for the stomach, but for the soul and for eternity.

Today, are you looking for Jesus?

Are you looking for a new way to live and to be?

Are you looking for something to fill your soul and your life?

Because that is what Jesus offers – will you take it from him, let him feed you up and equip you?

Lord,

I thank you for all that you give to me.

Thank you that you feed me,

not with food that will make me hungry again in a few hours,

but with food to fill the depths of my soul,

food that will quench the deep inner longings and yearnings.

Today,

I come

and take and eat