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Friday, August 03, 2018

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Feeding people is a sacred task. Preparing food, cooking and serving is holy work. As followers of Jesus we are called to serve and feed others. Jesus feeds us with the bread of life, and in turn we feed and nourish the bodies of God's children.

At our church we have a small food pantry. It may be small, but it is truly important work. Our staff and volunteers take great pride in stocking the pantry with fresh fruits and vegetables in the summer months. When patrons come to use the pantry, they are greeted by name. There are no restrictions on who can use the pantry or how often they can come. When people come to the church in need, we sometimes feel helpless in the face of the complex problems of poverty. Yet, knowing we always have food in the house to offer guests brings a great deal of comfort and purpose in these difficult times.

Feeding God, help us to feed others as you feed us. Nourish our physical bodies and the bodies of those around us. Amen.

Jamie Brieske '14
Pastor, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Eau Claire, Wisc.

John 6:24-35 (NRSV)

24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?"
26 Jesus answered them, "Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.
27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal."
28 Then they said to him, "What must we do to perform the works of God?"
29 Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent."
30 So they said to him, "What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing?
31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, "He gave them bread from heaven to eat.' "
32 Then Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."
34 They said to him, "Sir, give us this bread always."
35 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 be thirsty.

This God Pause daily devotion is brought to you by the alumni of Luther Seminary.