“Don’t waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides. He and what he does are guaranteed by God the Father to last.” John 6:27
Yesterday afternoon my son Michael and his daughter Mikaila came over. It exited me to cook a meal for guests. Years ago, I grew tired of cooking the same old meals when neither of Glen nor I were interested in eating. We had that “eat to live” not “live to eat” mentality. However, I enjoy cooking for company.
Loneliness around the dinner table is one of the symptoms of having an empty-seat at the table from someone dying or leaving home. My mother realized after Dad passed on that she didn’t have to sit at the kitchen table and began to eat her meals on a TV tray in the living room in front of the TV. The TV news anchors became her evening dining partner.
There are no set rules in how we should dine; it is only important that we eat to stay healthy. After Jesus fed the crowd of 5000, he told the disciples about another kind of nourishment—the one we receive when we are fed by the love and grace of God. This is a meal I will not pass up and will feast upon to find peace in my life.
Lord, give us the foretaste of the feast to come. Amen.