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.
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!”
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
“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.
Written by Pastor Pam Mitcham
Pastor of Community Care