Pastor’s Pen

August 23, 2017

"Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance.”

                                                      Isaiah 55:2

When you venture off highway in the middle of Maine, anything can happen, but you’re unlikely to know where you are when it does. My navigator wasn’t paying attention on a recent road trip, and we ended up in some small town on market day God knows where.

We stopped there to get our bearings. Wandering aimlessly among the farm stands of soap made from goat’s milk, home brewed tea and stacks of beets and kale, we eventually arrived at the community salad bar where there really was such a thing as free lunch.

And then I found them. Down at the end of the row of booths, an earnest looking young woman stood behind a table with one small product at her one small booth. “Energy Gems,” she said, in answer to my unspoken question. “These are nutrient dense gluten free Energy Gems from all natural ingredients,” she said.

She looked like someone you could trust to watch your dog in a pinch, so I bought one. Peeling back the delicate tissue paper surrounding what looked like a small hockey puck, I ate the whole thing. My eyes grew wide as a child at the circus. “Oh my gosh, that tasted like heaven.” Though halfway to the car by then, I retraced my steps and bought six more.

Once we’re fed by the real deal, nothing else will do. We want more of the same, and we return to the place where we found it. Once someone we trust nourishes us with food they’ve prepared by hand, we want to experience it again.

No wonder so many stories from God’s word remind us to trust the God who wants always to fill us until we want no more. When we feast on God, we are filled with all good things. When we savor the Bread of Life, God with us in Jesus, we experience the deepest satisfaction. All else seems ordinary and tasteless. Once we’ve tasted the real deal, we desire nothing less.

In such a time as this, we fortunately do not have to settle for fast food. We open our hungering hearts to the God who could not only watch our dog in a pinch, but who nourishes the whole world at God’s welcome table of plenty and extravagant feast of life.

Prayer: Thank you God for feeding my deepest hunger today. You are the Bread of Life, and at your table I am fed. I will not fear that there will not be enough for me, for your bounty never ends. Amen

God’s grace, mercy and peace,

Pastor Anna V. Copeland