I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. --John 6:35
We tend to be shortsighted. We see what is just in front of us or what is tugging so insistently on our feelings. It might be our anger, our desire to have what is not ours, a need to be free from stress, the need to figure out a problem, the need for food or water, the greed for more money, power, information, or control. We sense that if we simply attend to that which is so fully before us, we will ease into a state of relaxation and peace. Then, we find that our relaxation and peace is as short-lived as was our short-sightedness. Hardly before we have settled into peace, another feeling arises in us and we are back in the same pattern again.
Could it be that there is life beyond these routinized patterns? Could it be that we can be fed by a bread that will move us past our short-sightedness and lead us into an eternal and sacred space? Could it be that we would find in that space – not a cessation of feeling, but an ability to see through our feelings into the heart of God? Could it be that when we eat this bread we might find our uneasy hunger assuaged and our nagging thirst quenched? It might be worth going to God and asking for that bread. It might be worth believing in God enough that we feel the moisture of heaven rushing fully through our souls.
O God, it is not peace that will fill my soul, but the filling of my soul with you that will bring me peace. Fill me, O God, fill me.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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