Wonderful, merciful Savior
Precious Redeemer and Friend
Who would have thought that a Lamb
Could rescue the souls of men
Oh you rescue the souls of men
Counselor, Comforter, Keeper
Spirit we long to embrace
You offer hope when our hearts have
Hopelessly lost the way
Oh, we hopelessly lost the way
You are the One that we praise
You are the One we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for
Almighty, infinite Father
Faithfully loving Your own
Here in our weakness You find us
Falling before Your throne
Oh, we’re falling before Your throne
I’ve had this hymn stuck in my head ever since we started discussing the theme for July. Lately I’ve been so hungry for more of Him, hungry to know Christ more. Hungry for good fellowship with believers who don’t follow blindly, but purely and passionately. I’ve been devouring the book of Acts like a man starved. I’ve been drinking wisdom like new wine; I want it to cover me.
So when my mom pointed out that our themes have already been loosely following Acts 2:42-47, I knew we had a perfect match for July’s theme.
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.
So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
This month, we’re focusing on that little part “breaking of bread.” It’s such a beautiful topic to me. Ever since the dawn of time, God has used food to communicate with humanity. It started as early as Genesis 1:29-30.
“Then God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food’; and it was so.”
This continues in the New Testament with communion. Drink this wine, eat this bread. Do this in remembrance of me. God has always had a habit of communicating with His people through food. He sent three of His angels to have a talk with Abraham and Sarah, and they discussed the future of humanity in coded metaphor over bread and meat and cheese. When Elijah was traveling, teaching and speaking of coming doom, he was hungry and tired and stopped at a house to eat. The woman had nothing there, not enough wheat or oil to make bread. In fact, they had so little that they were planning out their final meal before they starved to death. “Do not fear” Elijah told her and said for her to make him a loaf and then one for herself and her son.
“For thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty, until the day that the LORD sends rain on the face of the earth.’” (1 Kings 17:12-16)
It’s not every day when you think about eating and God at the same time. But it’s a pretty worshipful experience, don’t you think? Growing up, we were always surrounded by people we loved and who loved us. We’d cook together and eat together. Sharing our little until we had plenty. It’s through many years of these meals, either loud and almost riotous, or quiet and worshipful, that I’ve realized that eating together is an intimate experience. It’s the physical food and the spiritual food that we hunger for. We need both to survive and thrive.