Spiritual Soul Food for the New Year

Spiritual Soul Food for the New Year

By: Chaplain Susan Hand

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35

Most people love anything with sugar and fat in it. Scientists tell us that if we eat food which contains just the right combination of salt, fat and sugar, we will enjoy it but we will never feel satisfied. We will always want more. Once we start eating foods with salt, fat and sugar, it’s hard to stop. But of course if there is little or no nutritional value in that junk food, eating more does not help us at all. Let this be the year we focus on spiritual soul food that satisfies us completely.

We gather together for worship every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. because we have a spiritual hunger. We hunger for food that fills the spirit. We feel this hunger for spiritual-nutrition both in the broad sense, of needing beautiful music, beautiful places and shared ritual, which we find here at Samaritas Senior Living of Saginaw. We also feel this hunger in the more narrow sense of Spirituality; connection with God.

The text we read from the Gospel of John is all about the subject of spiritual nutrition. Where do we get the bread that satisfies that hunger in our spirits? We all want to have healthy spirits, not diseased ones. We want to be spiritually deep, not shallow; enriched, not impoverished in our deepest souls. Jesus Christ satisfies our spiritual hunger. Let this year bring us into deeper relationship with Jesus Christ!

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