“Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you” (1 Kings 19:7).Discuss the ministry of presence:
We live in a place where the bread truck doesn’t come.
If it does, it does so disagreeably.
They say, “You’re too far west, too small, not worth our time.”
Ironic, isn’t it?
The fields of grain that surround us here,
The fields of grain that hold our deepest hopes and fears,
Are the very fields that feed the world.
Bread for all, but none for us. Not delivered anyway.
Could it really be that we’re too far west, too small, not worth their time?
Could it be that no one cares about our future?
Could it be that this way of life is dying?
Could it be that bread is never coming?
If so, I don’t know what I will do.
But we will walk this road together.
We will lift up one another.
We will gather at the “eating” church.
We will get up and eat.
Otherwise the journey will be too much for us.
Gathered round the table, together …
Tasting bread and wine, together …
Raising our voices in prayer, together …
We will be strengthened, together.
The bread company may say we’re too far west, too small, not worth their time,
But there is someone who cares about our future.
There is someone who brings life out of death.
There is someone who is the bread that is coming, and has come,
and will continue to come forever.
To our doorstep.
To our hearts.
He is here.
Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.
(Nalean-Carlson wrote this poem in response to last year’s readings for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost (1 Kings 19:4-8
and John 6:35
) and the news that the bread truck would no longer make deliveries to her small town.)
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