John 6:35 (CEB)
35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
Good Morning from beautiful Federal Way, Washington!
I offer this Monday Meditation/Thursday Edition….
As I offered during the sermon on Sunday, Jesus Christ is the bread of life to all. Why does Jesus use the metaphor of food to claim his role in the healing of the world? It’s because bread was a common staple in society – something that all of society needed.
I think that we have our own bread that we offer as people of Christ called to bring the same healing to our world. An example of this for me is the annual Strength For The Journey camp, held each may at Mingus mountain. This is a retreat for men and women who are survivors of HIV/AIDS, many who are LGBTQIA.
One of the main issues we face as staff who are primarily church members is not just the issues surrounding survival from this once life threatening, now chronic disease. We also deal with the alienation and damage caused to them by many in the Christian faith who see HIV beyond just a chronic illness. They have felt shame for their identities and as a result avoid any discussion of religion.
As we prepare for this event each year, it’s exciting to see how much joy surrounds our gathering. For many of our campers, this retreat is the only part of their lives where they can just be their genuine selves.
We come together as a team of laity and clergy to offer them hope and a promise that Jesus Christ’s bread of life is open to all. We celebrate their part in creation and honor their lives. We help them be the bread of life to others. SFTJ is truly a celebration of love.
I invite you to consider in your life the times where you can be the bread of life to others. Look for the small spaces where you can be an example of mercy and hope!