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Lent Day 25: “…for that deep down body thirst”

“Gatorade is thirst aid for that deep down body thirst.” That jingle from the 90’s still rings in my head every time I see Gatorade. I married a girl from Oregon. She made an interesting observation on her first trip to Texas. She came to visit for a week, met my family and friends, and got the lay of the land. At the end of the week she said, “This is a lot different than the Northwest. You plan your days around food here. Where and what you want to eat that day determines what you do for that day. It appears that you live to eat here. In the Northwest we eat to live.”

Regardless of where we grew up, we all have some sort of attachment to food. After all, it is what sustains us physically. It’s no wonder Jesus often uses food and water to communicate his point. Just after his shocking statement of belief in John 6, he makes another statement that gets the attention of the people in the crowd. “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me will never hunger, and he who believes in me will never thirst.”

We know what it feels like to be hungry and thirsty. If we are honest with ourselves, we know what it feels like to be far from God. And when we wander we often try everything but a return to the true source of life. Jesus reminds his followers this day that belief in Him is the only way to go about our day that truly satisfies. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matt 5:6)  Jesus really is the only thing (one) that quenches our thirst.

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