At the end of a long, hard day, we all have our favorite comfort foods that reverberate with our physical bodies and that help make our world all right again. So I have to wonder, what kind of comfort food does our wearied soul need?
John the Baptist might recommend a nifty snack of locusts and wild honey. I’ll pass on that, thank you John.
For many of us its apple pie, cheddar-smothered baked potatoes, French fries, mom’s meatloaf, mac and cheese or double-fudge brownies.
In the Bible Manna from heaven was offered for the wandering Hebrews. That doesn’t quite do it for me either. Can you picture television chef Julia Child exclaiming, “Tonight’s meal will be a delightful stone-baked, manna-meal flatbread and a refreshing jar of water?” Sorry, Julia. Do you have any pecan die? And throw some ice cream on there – just for medicinal purposes.
Comfort food brings security, peace and satisfaction. Well, for a moment anyway. But I would submit there is an ultimate comfort food. We don’t have to fight in the super market line to get it. We don’t have to even hope that it’s on sale or that we have coupons to buy it. The ultimate comfort food is found in the presence of the Christ. This is the substance that renews, strengthens, and uplifts our lives. It answers our most inner needs so that we can look at life in a new way, with a brand new faith and with assurance.
Stillness, silence, solitude. Jesus understood this when he went off by himself to get away from the crowds and spend time alone with God. The sound of sheer silence was what he was seeking. God is in that silence, in that space between our every thought. In that silent space we not only find comfort for our soul, but we find inspiration, release from burdens, strength for the road ahead and the answers we have been so desperately seeking. This comfort food is the ultimate gratification for it feeds our soul and nourishes us in ways no carbohydrate could ever think about doing.
Maybe obtaining this perfect comfort food is just so simple an endeavor that we so easily miss out. It has been available to us all the time. It has been awaiting our recognition of the Divine Presence, right where we are at every moment, but we have failed to savor its potential in our lives. Stillness, silence, solitude; ready and waiting for us whenever we choose to partake. How about making that our new priority? At long last we may just find the satisfaction we have been seeking.
“Food will not bring us close to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do.” (1 Corinthians 8: 8)
Affirmation: “The sweet presence of the Christ feeds my soul and refreshes my life.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life. Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA for our Contemporary Celebration and Praise service. Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them.
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