Lenten Devotional for February 18

Bread for the Journey

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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 (NRSV)

Reflect:

“Are you hungry? Are you thirsty?” Our mother always asked us these questions the moment we came in the back door after playing in the hot summer sun. If we said “no”, the next response was “are you sure?”

No matter our position in the world, these questions face us all. 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 where 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 where 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.
–Karen Greenwaldt*

Pray:

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

Respond:

What do you need from God today?

 


Credits: *From The Upper Room daily devotional guide. Copyright © 2015. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

This and the other devotionals for this Lenten Series can be found at the following link: http://www.thegodwecanknow.com/category/50-devotions/page/4/.