Sunday, August 2, 2015

Never Hungry or Thirsty

The next day, when the people who remained after the feeding of the five thousand saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?" Jesus answered them, "Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal." Then they said to him, "What must we do to perform the works of God?" Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent." So they said to him, "What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, `He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" Then Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." They said to him, "Sir, give us this bread always."
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 6:24-35

Sunday is coming to a close. Although I try to write my blog in the morning, some days get away from me. Today was a day filled with family. A day of laughter and stories, a day of eating and relaxing and catching up. It happens too infrequently for my liking so I made the most of it. A feast of family. There is something very nourishing and filling about being with the ones I love. They fill me to the brim with joy and hope.

The people want signs and miracles of food from Jesus. He gives them love and a relationship that  never fails. It is the kind of relationship that fills us up with hope and joy, a love that last in the darkest of our days. We often want the food and pleasures that are temporary. We find out how quickly we can be hungry again. But in God's love, we are full and sated all the time. We may not be awed, moment by moment, but we are full of hope and promise at all times.

As this day ends, I ask God to bless all the people that help me know God's love in my life. May God bless each of us as we strive to share the good fruits of God's love in our lives - the fullness of love that knows no end.

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