Wednesday, August 9

Isaiah 55:1-5 (ESV)

The Compassion of the Lord

55 “Come, everyone who thirsts,
    come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without price.
2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
    and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
    and delight yourselves in rich food.
3 Incline your ear, and come to me;
    hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
    my steadfast, sure love for David.
4 Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,
    a leader and commander for the peoples.
5 Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know,
    and a nation that did not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel,
    for he has glorified you.


Reflection

You know it. I know it. We all know it. There is no such thing as

a free lunch. Unless you meet up with that Old Testament

prophet Isaiah. “Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters,”

he calls, “and you that have no money, come, buy and eat!”

Hmm.

One would have to be at wit’s end to believe in free food and

drink. That’s exactly where God’s people of old were when

Isaiah spoke these words, in exile far away from their Promised

Land, and hungry—very hungry. Speaking through the prophet

Isaiah, God offers free nourishment. God calls the hungry to

share in the supper made holy by Christ. God offers the parched

the refreshment of loving community.

Join us at the free-lunch-place! We’re here during the week

freely offering the love of the Bread of life to all. We’re here

every weekend serving bread and wine for all and at no cost.

There IS such a thing as a free meal—free because Jesus paid

the cost.


Prayer

O God—

“Come to the waters,” you say to this thirsty pilgrim,

and I want to dive right in.

Then I wonder “what will happen if I do?”

“Come, buy and eat,” you say to this hungry soul,

and I want to reach for a plate.

Then I wonder “what will this taste like?”

Be for me, Lord, the waters that save.

Be for me, Lord, the bread I crave.

Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Pam Mitcham

Pastor of Community Care

pmitcham@stjohns-springfield.org