(I posted this on my Lenten devotional blog, but thought it was worth posting here, too – as a way to share a wonderful book, to share a way to feed the hungry that will make your mouth drop and to share a worship idea.)
“It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
It suddenly occurred to me today that the same part of the body I use for eating is the same part of the body from which I speak. My mouth is a tool used for both things. Not just eating. Not just speaking. Here are a few thoughts that came to mind when I read this passage:
- One does not live by bread ALONE. God’s word is also food….words that come from a mouth. This picture of the bird and chicks is how I imagine God when I read this passage. God is like a mother bird that feeds her scrawny hatch-lings – their mouths eager for this food that the mother bird offers. I need both earthly food and God’s word to truly live.
- Eating is spiritual – or at least, should be. How many times have I gulped down a meal without taking time to really reflect on the spiritual nature of this act? I remember a prayer that we did in youth group once. Our instructions were to say a prayer before each bite of food we took. That’s not a bad idea!
Sara started a food bank at St. Gregory – and the amazing thing about this is where this food bank takes place – in the sanctuary, around the altar at St. Gregory’s! All are welcomed – really welcomed with words of hospitality – and no one is turned away.
We are hungry for you, God. Feed us!
(Do you know a congregation that is looking for an alternative service? Check this link to see video of the congregation’s Easter Vigil celebration for a different kind of alternative service idea. My favorite part? Dancing around the altar!)