Filled with Good Things
By Rev. Wesley Neal
Hunger looks different in every place. Hunger sometimes looks like a homeless man’s roadside sign, a child who goes without breakfast, or an addict’s fidgeting nervousness. Hunger sometimes looks like angry questions or tears of loneliness.
The people of Asbury UMC are learning again about hunger that brings people to the table – especially about how physical, social, and spiritual hunger look across the street from Duke University.
Hunger is an ache for justice that has not been heard, a longing for community among the rush of mobility, or a thirst for a lost intimacy with God.
In John 6:35, Jesus says, “I am the bread of life whoever comes to me will never be hungry.”
The journey to inviting new people to the table and into communion with Christ starts with the realization of a common need for the bread of life. We are called to remember that while our tables and lives are full, other’s tables and lives may be empty. The call of a new faith community is to be a place that spreads a full table and opens our lives to those who are seeking and hungry.
“The hungry he has filled with good things” (Luke 1:53). Our prayer for the coming year is that this will be so in our neighborhood as well.
To connect with Asbury UMC visit their website at http://asburyunitedmethodist.com/ or stop by to worship with their community at Asbury United Methodist Church 806 Clarendon St, Durham, NC 27705