Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hope for Hungry Hearts

If you are hungry, dear Crumbles,
Hungry for hope, hungry for healing,
If empty-bellied crowds fill your prayer list,
And your only resources are a slice of moldy Swiss
Sliding off half a Saltine,
And you despair--

Come, behold the living Word in the written Word.
Fall at His feet, the place of healing.
In His hands, a fallen crumb can heal a daughter,
And a sack lunch becomes a feast and more,
Hampers full of leftovers collected
When the empty, needy crowd is satisfied.

Behold His grace, unhindered by His disciples' forgetful unbelief.
Behold His riches, enough for every want.
Behold His compassion, spilling over the boundaries of His own people
     To all the nations, even native enemies like us.
Behold Him, and feed on His faithfulness.
He is fullness for our emptiness;
He is satisfaction of our longings;
He is hope for our hungry hearts.

These glimpses of Jesus in Mark 7:24-8:21 and Matthew 15:21-16:12 are feeding my soul this today. He is the source of all my hope, for this life and the next.








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24 comments:

  1. Yes. Such truth and hope in these words because they're so full of Him. Thank you:)

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  2. nice...a beautiful invitation...there are many these days that need that hope....

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  3. Your words point the hungry to the Meal.

    "He is fullness for our emptiness;
    He is satisfaction of our longings;
    He is hope for our hungry hearts."

    I am feasting here, Christina. Thank you for taking the time to bake these words together.

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  4. crumbsfromHistableOctober 12, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    You are most welcome. Thank you for your kind comment. Baking used to be quite a hobby and ministry for me, and sometimes I feel guilty that I don't do much of it these days. It encourages me to view this as a baking of sorts. (You are my first official Disqus comment. Seems like there should be a prize for that.)

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  5. I feel honored to be the first! :-) After I had problems switching to IntenseDebate two weeks ago, I was wishing I had switched to Disqus instead. But I've settled in now, so as long as I have no more problems, I'll stay put for awhile. Hope Disqus works well for you! I've heard good things about it.

    I wish I enjoyed baking more. :-( It definitely can be a great ministry.

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  6. He is fullness for our emptiness;
    He is satisfaction of our longings;
    He is hope for our hungry hearts.

    This IS truth. Why oh why do I search elsewhere?

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  7. I don't know why, other than our fallenness, but I do it, too. Grace to you, friend.

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  8. Well done! I am impressed with the poetry!

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  9. AND - I love my switch to Disqus! I scrolled down and saw your "testing, testing" comment...so much like my first time!

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  10. i love this humble call to communion... xo

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  11. Thank you, neighbor. Go, Rangers!

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  12. You're welcome. Thank you for the kind words.

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  13. Thank you. Yes, all of us, perhaps.

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  14. Oh my. All of this prose is beautiful. I especially love the ending: "Behold Him, and feed on His faithfulness.
    He is fullness for our emptiness;
    He is satisfaction of our longings;
    He is hope for our hungry hearts."

    Thank you.

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  15. Behold the living word in the written word, thank you!
    The crumb can heal a daughter, yes, yes!
    Thank you for reminder, poetic hymn of praise.

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  16. You're welcome. Thank you for your time here and gracious words.

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  17. I wrote what I needed, but it gives me joy to know the Lord drew others who needed it, too. Thank you for your kind response. Grace and peace to you in Jesus today.

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  18. Well said! So well said! And so important to say! Thank you.

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  19. Thank you, friend. So glad this comment format worked better!

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