Dublin First United Methodist Church
Sunday, June 25, 2017
To reach, teach and serve others in the name and love of Jesus Christ

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Tyler's Take

“Daddy, I’m soooo hungry!  I’m starving!”  I honestly do not know how many times I have heard those words come out of the mouths of my daughters.  My girls usually speak these words at the end of school, when their snack is no longer filling their little stomachs and when the slightest little hunger pains begin to start.  So, when this happens, they look up at me and always voice their hunger in the same way…  “Daddy, I’m so hungry!  I’m starving!”

My girls speak these words only because their tummies aren’t as full as they usually are, not because they are actually starving.  Thank God, my girls have no idea what it really means to be hungry and what it really is like to be starving.  But yet they use this far over used hyperbole (as many children and adults do) to verbalize that they are ready to eat again; not that they are in fear of true hunger and experiencing actual starvation.

I pray that my girls will never know what it is like to be truly hungry.  I pray that they will never experience starvation and the affects of low nutrition and barriers to the foods that will keep them alive.  I pray that my girls will not struggle with hunger like the 1 in 6 children in our nation do every day.  Like the 1 in 8 people in our world who do not get enough to eat on a daily basis.  Like the 34 million children who suffer from “severe acute malnutrition” around the planet at any given moment. 

These are the people who truly know what it means to be hungry, to be truly and genuinely starving.  These people know what it means to cry out “Daddy, I’m so hungry!  I’m starving!”  The people in our reading for today, also knew what it was like to be sincerely hungry, both physically and spiritually hungry.  They came to Jesus starving and our Lord fed them to overflowing as He always does for His children.  This fact has made me ponder these question lately, “How hungry are we for Jesus?”  “Are we starving for the things of God?”  Or are we filling our lives, trying to satisfy our hunger with the things of this world that only satisfy us momentarily, leaving us more hungry than we were before when they inevitably never truly fill us?