John 6:25-35 (NRSV)

25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”

26 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.
27 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.”
28 Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?”
29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
30 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?
31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, “He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”
32 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.
33 For the bread of God is that which a comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 
34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
35 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)

35 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.                            

DEVOTION – Karen Greenwaldt (North Carolina)

“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, then her next question 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 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 that 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.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God meets us in every situation of our lives and offers living bread and water.

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

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE WHO ARE HUNGRY

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