BEFORE BEGINNING TAKE A MOMENT TO QUIET YOURSELF as you invite god to feed your soul.
SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 6:25-35
25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”
32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given 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 the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”
35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
“He who is satisfied has never truly craved,” said Abraham Heschel, and he said this, I think, because he knew that heaven’s richest food does not satisfy our longings but rather intensify them.
(Windows of the Soul by Ken Gire)
Turn on your favorite worship music or calming instrumental music and read through the following prompts:
Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling slowly.
As this is normally a time for you to engage your sense of taste, notice your other senses - what you hear, smell, see, and touch.
Notice now your lack of taste - and perhaps feelings of hunger. Consider other longings and cravings in your life - physical, emotional, spiritual. Pause and reflect on this for a few minutes.
Consider the quote above in the reflection. In what ways do you try to satisfy these longings and cravings in your life?
End this time by closing your eyes again and taking as long as you can to breathe deeply and slowly, repeating the following phrase with each breath: “Jesus, only you can satisfy”. End your time with the prayer below.
Jesus, thank you for meeting our every need. You know our desires and longings, and we pray for your presence in our lives. Help us to believe that you are enough and that only you can satisfy. In your name, Amen.