Advent in Narnia: The Bread of Life

Friday, December 4th, 2020

John 6:32-35

“Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Today’s chapter continues to discuss Edmund and his fixation with “Turkish Delight” or as C. S. Lewis calls it in his book, “bad magic food.” Edmund no longer has an appetite for regular and nutritious food. He has become addicted to the “bad magic food” both physically and spiritually. He is under the power of the White Witch and he doesn’t seem to realize it until it’s too late.

Have you ever experienced any similar situations in your life? Many things can become addictive and unhealthy. Spending too much time on social media; time online gaming; gambling; watching TV; medication, alcohol, caffeine, food, sports…any of these can be dangerous if not properly monitored. None of these are necessarily bad, they just need to be in moderation. Time management can help accomplish this moderation, making a list of things you want to complete in a specific time frame can help; relying on a trusted friend to talk with when you’re struggling. *I used to be obsessed with watching TV, I would record all my favorite shows and on my weekends I would watch them. I basically barricaded myself in my home and literally camped out in front of my TV for hours. One day I decided, I can’t live and continue this weekly cycle. I gave my TV away and over time I didn’t really miss it. I went nearly 7 years without a TV before I purchased one this past summer. I appreciate the gift of entertainment especially now with COVID restrictions, but discipline played a huge part of the decision to stop watching and to begin watching again. I also had the support of friends with great advice. What I did could easily be applied to other things that cause distractions and obsessions:

• make a plan

• follow the plan

• make adjustments when needed

• seek guidance from God

• ask a friend to be your support

Jesus tells us, He is the Bread of Life!”

The meaning of this is that Jesus feeds us spiritually through our relationship with Him! Indeed, we all are hungry in real ways and in all situations and circumstances, God is providing what we need. We need only to recognize and receive it. He may not be sending mana from Heaven to us, like in the days of Moses but He is most certainly using the kindness of strangers and friends to provide life sustaining nutrition in our hours of need.

Ways to keep yourself healthy in Jesus:

• Read your Bible 

• Attend a worship service

• Join a Bible Study

• Join a Book Club

• Join a group that participated in activities you enjoy; chess, board games…

• Spread the love of Jesus with someone new every day!

• Pray in the morning.

• Pray before bed.

• Pray in the in-between time.

Questions for Reflection:

1. What are some “bad magic foods” in your life?

—I try to look for moderation in eating carbohydrates 😉 *pasta and bread

2. Do you ever hunger for Jesus? Describe what that feels like?

—Heart and Soul

Cold and scared where will I find refuge
Bleeding within myself, beaten, battered and bruised
My chest aches with the weight of the world upon me
Will I see the Light, will I ever feel again
My tears offer no release, I’m chained twisted and torn
I want to scream but who would hear my cries
God are you there, I need to know am I worthy
I’ve never been this lost before, where is home
I feel so full of emptiness, why do I even have a heart
My heart is a battlefield colored with darkness
Will my sorrow continue, what more will fall or go away
I am the infant that nothing will soothe my cries
I am the tree on a lonely plain, no shelter no leaves
I’m a single blade of grass on a concrete yard
How did I get here , who am I, why does it matter
When did I know, what purpose do I have
Talk to me, I am searching, is that my purpose
Crawling and scraping where am I to go
Can I be true to you and to me, simultaneously
Show me the way home…

~C.A.Robinson©️
March 26, 2013 @ 2:53am

3. When thinking about Jesus as the “Bread of Life, what images come to mind?

—A gardener watering; Rain adding moisture to the dry soil; A farmer feeding his animals; A friend grasping my hand; Hearing, “I love you” from anyone!

4. Finally, from those imagined images what do they mean for your spiritual growth within the your church community and your relationship with God?

—I believe in being the “literal hands and feet of Jesus.” It’s not the traveling around the globe that is required to help, it’s helping those at an arms-length away. I also believe in a domino effect, a cascading affect of sharing God’s love. This blog for instance has a cascading affect, I am blessed beyond words at the people I have connected with through this medium around the world. It is not me alone reaching people, God is in control. I am happy to be on this journey and for all the support I receive for it as well, it is heartwarming. Thank you for traveling with God and me. Thank you all~~💖

~Peace & Hope~Charlotte

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://biblia.com/

Narnia: The Story Behind The Stories

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