每日诗歌: 我心切切渴慕你 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSdMLuOY52U)
2 King 20 [Read]
2 King 21 [Read]
2 King 22 [Read]
John 6:45-71 [Read]
Once I walked into a small graveyard called “Old North Cemetery”. It’s owned by the town of West Hartford, CT. According to the sign at the front gate, it was established in 1790. It was originally allocated as a burial ground for local residents who died in the revolutionary war. Later on, people sacrificed in the civil war were added along with local families. As I wandered into the cemetery, I saw many tombstones scattered in the cemetery without particular order. I saw a family with parents and 6 daughters all buried in a 12x10 area. There was no son in law listed, maybe the daughters died young. I also saw a stone tablet with several names inscribed on it, all died during the civil war. “Their bodies were never brought back” are the words.
Life is a precious thing. It encompasses everything we do, enjoy, suffer, cherish, etc. All these external things shape our life in a particular way, and we learn to work, to laugh, to cry, and to hold on to them tightly. There is really nothing wrong with this. “You are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill” (Jn 6:26). One can hardly blame them for pursuing things that would satisfy their needs. After all, a man got to eat. Even the Bible tells us to “be happy…while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth” (Ecc 11:9). However, I don’t know how such mentality can account for those young men whose “bodies were never brought back”.
Life is also an intriguing thing. All those external things (our portion in Ecc 5:18) are wonderful experiences of life, but something tells me that life must be more than just “ate the loaves and had your fill”. There must be something beyond external, something internal, something eternal. Could it be the thing Jesus was talking about when he said “I am the bread of life” (Jn 6:48)? Underneath the working, laughing, and crying, something is needed to sustain those experiences. That something should help us to see through all those external things and find the eternal meaning of them. How do we nurture this internal and eternal thing? How do we sustain those external experiences so they would not cause us to collapse in exhaustion? Maybe that IS what Jesus trying to tell us when he said “I am the bread of life”.
“This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” (Jn 6:60) It is hard, and the internal thing cannot compete with the external things that we can see, touch, and feel. But that is “the words of eternal life” (6:68). To whom shall we go?
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