A few years ago, Kim and I made a commitment to lose some weight. We were both feeling like we had been avoiding good exercise and eating habits, and would benefit from shedding a few pounds, so we jumped into the Atkins diet. Some of you know this diet. There is no bread, hardly any carbs, but lots of meat and veggies. I began to hunger for bread. It was hard to go to restaurants and turn down all the rolls and breadsticks that was offered by the waiters. In fact, when the diet was over, bread was the first thing I wanted. We all know what it’s like to crave a certain food. After feeding a large multitude, Jesus instructs them, “I am the bread of life” reminding us that our spiritual hungers are just as important, if not more so, than our physical hunger. Our bodies always get hungry. Jesus tells the crowd that we should not be satisfied with food that perishes. Our faith grows out of or in response to our spiritual hunger. What are you hungering for these days? What will satisfy you for the week ahead? Or for the year to come? Jesus as the bread of life shows us how God wants to nourish our greater faithfulness, feed and enliven our love for God and our neighbors, give us the strength to overcome life’s difficulties, and nurture us in body, mind and spirit to move us forward on the journey of faith. Join us Sunday as we share in communion and feast on Jesus, the bread of life.
Rev. Dr. Dave Summers