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Throughout Lent, we will be reflecting on different meanings of “hunger”.

Recently I have committed to a new healthier eating plan.  As a result, I have hungered for food a little, but that physical “hunger” has not been as hard as the “hunger” for foods that are not on my new plan.  I do not need those chips, cheese or ice cream because I am really eating plenty, but I do want those things that I love.

 So our “hunger” can sometimes be good and sometimes not so good. Our “hunger” can power us to achieve great things. Or we could be driven by our “hunger” and loose our way. And what about that “hunger” that some have that cannot even be defined?

We have so much, how can we be so hungry? Even in our abundance, we may desire or “hunger” for many things: material things, personal needs, relationships, peace, safety or we may even “hunger” for purpose in our lives. So how can we be fed?

John 6:35 says:
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

Jesus,
We know that you have hungered and suffered for us. Thank you for that and thank you for knowing all of our hungers. Please help us to be fed by you, “the bread of life,” as we journey through Lent. Amen

-Leila Denton, Director of Children’s Ministries