Central United Methodist Church
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Endicott, New York
Pastor's Corner

Are you hungry? I mean really hungry? I mean Spirit-starved and soul-hungry—does that describe you? There is a hunger here in this congregation; I have felt it. Some want to strengthen their faith lives. Some want to understand what a relationship with God could actually be. Some have tried and “failed” at establishing a devotional life. Some believe there could be more, but don’t know how to find it.  I hear stories like these all the time, each one from someone who thinks she or he is the only one who feels this way.

Fortunately, you are not alone. Each one of us has a space inside that only God can fill. Some in the faith community talk about a “God-shaped hole in the soul” (with apologies to Descartes), which I think may be an effective, though only partial way of thinking about it. The truth is, God is always with us, simply waiting for us to feel the hunger pangs, to recognize what it is we long for, and to seek what will truly fill us. And each of us feels that hunger at one time or another. Each one of us comes up empty sometimes.

The good news is, the hunger can be satisfied. We can be filled. Jesus called himself the bread of life, and living water; that is soul-food, my friends, a meal set for all of us, simply waiting for us to come to the table. This is what Lent is about, after all, a time to check up on the hunger in our hearts, and find ways to satisfy it in the life and love of Christ. As we continue in this holy season, there is still time to check up on your appetite. Is your heart hungry? What empty places in you need to be filled? What needs to be cleared out of the way before you can open yourself to being filled by God? Lent is all the questions; and in it, you can find the answers, if you open your heart wide enough.

Still in One Peace,