“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.’” vs. 35
Thanksgiving is a holiday that seems to arise naturally out of human experience–people in nearly all countries have annual festivals to give thanks for harvest blessings. Often there will be prayers offered to God, even by those who don’t typically recognize God’s existence–presumably even atheists have reason to feel thankful. And of course, there will be some sort of meal. It’s what comes naturally on Thanksgiving Day–families come together over great distances, traditionally foods are prepared, and everyone eats too much. For people of faith Thanksgiving will also be a time to recognize the spiritual blessings that God has for believers. According to John, Jesus took pains to let people know there was more to living than eating their fill of bread on a hillside. He calls himself the bread of life and promises that whoever believed in him would never be hungry again. And it’s true! Those who have come to know Jesus as the Christ find satisfaction for their hungry hearts. In him there is forgiveness and healing. By the touch of his spirit the image of God is restored and they know perfect peace. And today every one of them will be offering to God songs of praise and prayers of thanksgiving.
Thought for the Day: For what am I most thankful today?