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Lord, I thank you today for my parents, for all the sacrifices they made for me, the way they brought me up, and the example they set. Forgive me for not having been more appreciative when I was younger. And make me a good Christian parent, I pray. AMEN.
Lord God, if at any time today I feel afraid, give me new courage and the sense that you are close. If I am tempted to do wrong or to say a hasty word, hold me back. If I am inclined to judge another person harshly, stop me from doing it. Help me to live like Jesus. In his name. AMEN.
Lord, help me to make good use of my time today. As the years of my life slip away, let your Spirit make me a good and faithful steward of the hours, the minutes and the seconds. Help me to be careful in the choice of how to spend the time and disciplined in the way I use it. In Christ’s name I ask it. AMEN.
“Moses and Aaron, … and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel … they saw God, and they ate and drank”.
Ex 24:9, 10, 11 NIV
Food is more than just material sustenance for the body. We eat together when we celebrate – a wedding, an anniversary, at a funeral or some significant achievement. And when a person is ill or undergoing great stress we might well make a present of some delicacy for them to eat which symbolises and enshrines our concern and care for them. And we celebrate Christmas by eating. We further remember Christ’s crucifixion by eating hot cross buns.
Here, in the desert where food and drink was in short supply, Moses and his brother Aaron, together with seventy elders met God at the foot of Mount Sinai. “And they ate and drank”. There is here a foreshadowing of the last supper Christ celebrated with his disciples in the Upper Room, part of the Passover celebration, and hence the Christian sacrament of Holy Communion. In this sacrament we do more than merely recall and re-enact Christ’s last supper. He becomes present to us as we do it, in exactly the same way as these Israelite leaders met with God at the foot of Mount Sinai. There they sealed the covenant with God and he was present with them. We too know Christ’s presence and we eat and drink with him.
There are further implications for Christians. Can we meet with God and eat and drink with him thereby enjoying all the spiritual benefits that brings and at the same time ignore the plight of those who have nothing to eat and drink to sustain their daily life? A sober thought to reflect on during the sacrament?.
Lord, help me to meet you in the faces of the hungry.
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