Food, Fellowship, Faith
Of the many joys that come with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, the opportunity to enjoy a hearty meal with family and friends is certainly one of the greatest!
This Sunday, we will have an opportunity to “warm-up” for the holidays with our November Fellowship Dinner. We hope you can join us and perhaps provide a dish to share. We could really use some hearty hot dishes or casseroles to feed an expected influx of guests, including members of the Scot basketball team. Salads and desserts are also appreciated.
Indeed, we are greatly blessed by the bounty of food we have been given, but it is also important that we never lose sight of the less fortunate — those who struggle to put food on the table for themselves and their family, especially this time of year.
Jesus encouraged his disciples and all those who would follow to “feed the hungry,” and once we have provided for their physical needs, he reminds us to take care of their spiritual needs.
In the Gospel of John (6:35), Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” In a spiritual sense, Jesus provides all the nourishment we will ever need.
Several verses before that (John 6:27), Jesus said, “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.”
We know that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through him. He will guide and protect us on the pathway or righteousness, and just as we are to share bread with others, we are also called upon to spread the Word and provide nourishment for them.