Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pentecost 10b - Psalm 78:23-29

Psalm 78:23-29

Not satisfied with water from the rock the children of Israel wondered aloud about the ability of God to provide meat and make bread. (78:20) God was furious (78:21) and yet responded to the people’s complaint with manna (what is it?) and quail. They ate and were well filled for God gave them what they craved. Of course at the time they craved whatever would satisfy their hunger and it would not be long before they tired of quail and complained about detestable manna. Calvary’s Room in the Inn program hosted thirteen homeless men tonight in our family life center. One of the men offered the prayer before dinner and gave thanks for the goodness of the Lord with whom all things are possible and without whom nothing can be accomplished. It was profound yet simple prayer of faith and thanksgiving for the everyday miracle of God with us and the warmth of friendship. We heard again from our guests how much they appreciate Calvary and that our Room in the Inn has got serious street cred. (that’s a good thing)  I don’t think it’s primarily the food or the accommodations, as good as they are. I think it’s the hospitality and the genuine love expressed through smiles and conversation and generosity of spirit. When it comes right down to it that is what we crave and that is what God provides whenever God’s heart is expressed through human hands. 

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