After the Feast?
I don’t know about you but I find myself eating more under this lockdown.
It is one of the strange things in life but often, even when you have eaten a lot, you still want a bit more. Even after a giant feast like Christmas dinner there always seems something missing.
A longing for something more, one more chocolate, one more crisp, we want something else even though we are full.
Is it just me?
Jesus understood this longing for something more in people.
He knew that despite all our activity and all our trying there would always be a God shaped hole in our lives. Some need we could not meet.
He knew that we could never be satisfied by just what we eat or own.
In the Bible (John 7 v 37 – 39) we read how Jesus said we could be helped:
On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice,
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.
Today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday when The Holy Spirit, who Jesus talks about in the words above, was given to those who believed (See lesson from 2 May).
We need the Holy Spirit in our lives to be truly satisfied.
Are you thirsty for meaning
Thirsty for significance
Thirsty for help
For the Bible to not just be in your head but also in your life?
Then come to Jesus. Believe in him.
Let him pour out his Spirit to those who thirst.
Reach out with courage.
Let us Pray:
We come to you in our plenty and we come to you in our lack.
Fill us with your Spirit we pray.
Meet the deep unspoken needs of our hearts for meaning and value.
Make us your willing helpers
Through acts of kindness and love.