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Just the Way We Do

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

       ~ John 6:35
Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. 
     ~ Robert Fulghum
     The two sat at table.  She went about making “breakfast,” he sat down to “read” the paper.  She served him, he ate behind the paper and then folded up and got up.
“Bye, have a good day.” he walked out of the play kitchen.
“Bye honey, have a good day.”  She cleaned up the dishes and picked up the phone. “You can come over now, he’s gone.”
     This conversation was between two kindergartners where I first started working.  We all thought it was a funny story, and a sad one because the children were mimicking their parents.
     He was used to seeing his dad buried behind the morning news, she was apparently used to hearing her mom call her paramour after her father left for work. 
     They watch texting and driving (my students report in all the time when I ask them not to read and walk down the hall, followed with “Don’t text and drive either.”)  They watch as their mom claims it is their birthday just to get free cake. They watch you holding the door open for another, freaking out in traffic, speak harshly to each other.
     And, speaking for myself, I am thankful that my daughters remind me to love people the way they are, just the way I taught them, and sometimes seem to forget.
     Today, I am thankful for all those whom I have not loved the way they are, and my children who keep me in check by reminding me.
Lord, help us to see others the way that you see them, and to love the way you love.
Because of Him,

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Emotional Eating and Communion

Get mad, then get over it.  

     ~ Colin Powell
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.
     ~ John 6:35
People eat and drink for all kinds of reasons.  I heard from a friend that her husband discovered that he was an emotional eater over Thanksgiving.  He is in his late 50’s and this is the first time he came to grips with this.  When you stuff food in your mouth, you cannot speak out in anger, or voice an opinion, or make an claims.  When you pour liquid down your throat, you might be self-medicating, or simply avoiding your own feelings.  
It is such a different thing to witness emotional eating, and to witness Communion.  The faces on the people are hopeful, expectant, pleasant.  The faces on the servers are happy, sometimes dutiful, most often joyful.  There is a holiness in the air, a joy in taking the bread and juice. There is the possibility of healing.  It is a symbolic re-enactment, ever vital, ever new of the consuming with Jesus, of Jesus.  “Bread of heaven, fill me till I want no more,”
Can you imagine not wanting more of Jesus?  But it is so much more than bread and wine.  It is a giving over of ourselves to the Holy One of Israel, it is a surrender to His will.  It is a new beginning every time
When you get mad, or angry (properly stated,) indeed let it come and go, and think of the bread of Heaven.  You will be filled with so much more.
Breath of Heaven
Because of Him,

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