Mic. 5:2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.
All of us like to eat. One of the main features of our Christmas celebration is the food. From special treats to full on meals, our Christmas celebrations are packed with food. I wonder if that is connected to what Christmas is really all about; hunger. Maybe Christmas is really about a different kind of hunger that people really can’t wrap their head around, spiritual hunger. There is a craving inside of every man that can only be met when he comes to Bethlehem, the house of bread. Here are some thoughts by Louie Giglio about that spiritual hunger.
“Your heart was created by Him, for Him. You can fight and claw to gain the world, but without Jesus, you will never be completely satisfied. If there is a growing discontent deep inside your heart—a hunger that hasn’t been completely satisfied by the people, pleasures, parties, material things, or accomplishments—today is the day to open your heart to the idea that it is Jesus that you were made for. But you have to walk away from “less,” and ask Him to become your “more.” Jesus is enough for you, and He is here.”
Here is one of my Christmas poems also about that craving inside all of us.
Restless heart you struggle so Searching for repose Looking for that place of rest That rest man seldom knows
Lonely heart-You’re grieving so When will the sadness end You get back up- to face the world To just fall back again
Anxious Heart-You worry so
Your trust seems far away
Who can you trust when things go wrong Who will you trust today
Ambitious heart – it never ends Will there ever be a time When you can stop this torrid rush And place your hand in mine
Hungry heart has found its food To still this longing soul
To satisfy the heart of man To make the sinner whole
In Bethlehem the house of bread Not far from Calvary
I gave my life for you my son That you could feast on me
When all of the special feasting starts this year let it jog your memory. Let the celebrating and the eating turn your thoughts to that other food. Remember, there is a different kind of feast spread for all of us this Christmas.
John 6:35 ¶ Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
The real food is found at Bethlehem.