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MARCH 24, 2021



BIBLE READING



ISAIAH 55:1-3

(The Message)


Hey there! All who are thirsty, come to the water!

Are you penniless? Come anyway - buy and eat!

Come, buy your drinks, buy wine and milk.

Buy without money - everything's free!


Why do you spend your money on junk food.

Your hard earned cash on cotton candy?


Listen to me, listen well: Eat only the best.

Fill yourself with only the finest.

Pay attention, come close now.

Listen carefully to my life-giving, life-nourishing

words.


I'm making a lasting covenant commitment with

you. The same that I made with David: sure, solid and

enduring love.


 



It is said that everything the Church does seems to centre around food. If you have been part of Christian Community for a while you will know there is a lot of truth to that. Potlucks, snacks at meetings carefully noted on agendas, after Church Worship times is always a treat, BBQ in the parking lot closing VBS, etc

We love us some good food, don’t we?


And if those words from the prophet Isaiah are anything to go by, it seems that food has always been prominent among God’s people. Feeding body and soul seem to go hand in hand. And on the spiritual side at least, there is no room for restrictions! (no Diets)


The message is that God our heavenly Father supplies our every need, filling us with all sorts of good things. He is an incredibly generous God who wants to see us satisfied and longs for us to be full/complete in him.


And for the very first Christians that was not just a spiritual idea, it was physical. They had to give up everything to follow Jesus. They had lost homes and jobs, and families. Many had literally nothing, so when they got together it was to share food just as much as it was to share in prayer, word and sacrament.


For many of us a meaningful key aspect to Christian worship revolves around food and drink in the sharing of the sacrament of Communion, the Lord’s Supper. Where food for the body, bread and wine/juice, becomes food for the soul, or as I often say it “Food for the Journey.”


I wonder sometimes how we are at taking advantage of God’s offer and letting him satisfy us. Oh we try other things for our satisfaction don't we? Yet we still end up empty. It happens so subtly to us in life that we get so busy 'doing' stuff all the time that we hardly stop long enough for more than just a quick snack with God. Isn’t that what we note in our reading today?


Why do you spend your money on junk food.

Your hard earned cash on cotton candy?


When what God offers us “only the best.” Invites us “to

fill ourselves with only the finest.”


Isaiah 55 says we are summoned to “Buy without money - everything's free!” That is GRACE.


Let us make the time to stop and feast upon God and as we read above to “Listen carefully to (his) life-giving, life-nourishing words.” Then we shall as Isaiah 55:12 says


. . . go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

 

PRAYER



God,

You offer us food and drink for our souls that will

never leave us hungry or thirsty again.


You offer us all we need to sustain us and keep us

'Come and be filled and satisfied' is still your invitation

to us.


For this we are truly thank you. Open us up

to enjoy the great depth of your feast of generosity.

These things we ask in Jesus name and for his

sake. Amen


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