What do you think of when you hear the words “hungry” or “needy”? Do you think of them referring to someone else, “over there”? How do you see them connected with your own experience? What are you hungry for? What do you need? It can be difficult for us to acknowledge our need. Hunger is vulnerable. This is true both in our bodily experience and in our spiritual hunger, our longing for God, for beauty, for love. We do everything we can to meet our own need immediately…or ignore it altogether. Anything not to be the “needy” one, hungry for something that isn’t in our control. But sometimes, in our quieter, clearer moments, we recognize out hunger, our longing, and we stay with it. We name our desire for God, for human relationship, for______. We stop trying to avoid feeling hunger in the first place—by distracting ourselves or filling up on things we know won’t nourish us well—and lean in to what our hunger is telling us. Let’s lean into our hunger this week, instead of shying away from it. Let’s let ourselves be needy with a generous God—who doesn’t always do things the way we would like, in the timing we would want, but is always with us, nourishing us in our need.

Posted by Jamie Bonilla at 2022-10-17 14:36:06 UTC