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Let's Eat!

I am the Living Bread which has come down from Heaven
Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14-16; Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20; 1Corinthians 10:16-17; John 6:51-58

Sermon Week The Body and Blood of Christ Cycle A

Scripture Summary John 6:51

There is a remarkable book that begins with a heartbreaking true story. The author recounts the sudden and tragic death of her brother-in-law, perishing in a freak train accident. And then just thirty-six hours later, the man's gravely ill wife dies of cancer. The couple now gone, leave three small children behind. Let's pause to think for a moment about the author. In little more than the blink of an eye, she loses her beloved sister and brother-in-law, and now faces the prospect of raising their young children.

In the following passage from the book, the author shares her quiet moments of reflection following the double tragedy, and the new responsibility she and her husband are suddenly facing. She writes:

My thoughts slowly evolved, changing from a confrontation with death to a fight for the lives ahead. Young lives broken needed mending, and I would do what I could. But I had no idea where the energy was going to come from. How would I find the strength to do all the things that needed doing to meet the gaping emotional needs created by the double tragedy? But suddenly, I did have the energy, and I found myself doing those things without even questioning the rightness of it. Many years went by before I could identify the Source of the power -- could put a name to it. I had simply come face-to-face with agape: ultimate, unconditional love. -1

In other words, the author had come face-to-face with God!

We gather together now as a congregation knowing that there are people in our midst who are experiencing the harshness of life -- the tragic death of a spouse, a parent, perhaps even the unspeakable loss of a child. Or there may be those among us who are struggling with serious illness, even terminal illness. Or there may be those who are trying to find a way through a relationship that is coming apart, or through a financial crisis or the trials and tribulations of the aging process. And of course, every one of us is grappling with the myriad challenges we face, large [...]

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