He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
When I am hungry, really hungry, I am not the person you want to be around.
I am sullenly quiet. I'm shaky. I can't think straight. My mind is consumed by the irritable gnawing in my stomach.
I feel grumpy. Out-of-sorts. At odds with the world.
As close to fasting as I will ever come. And, live to tell about it.
I . . . Must . . . Eat . . .
One bite. Two bites. Three.
Slowly, steadily, my strength returns. My head clears. I find my voice.
And, I am smiling, content, at peace.
I am no longer the self running on empty.
I am the self, filled and fulfilled.
A self, after famishing, more grateful than ever for the nourishment God provides.
For our bodies.
For our souls.
Manna from heaven. The Bread of Life.
Have you fed on the word of the Lord today?
Will you pray with me?
We thank you, Father, for providing for our physical needs. May we always be grateful for You bread which feeds the body and the soul. Let us bow before You with humbleness and thankfulness of heart. Amen.
Psalms 103 or 114, 115
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