Spiritual Practice

Spiritual Hunger

Angela Glotfelter & Veronica Paver

I am usually hungry. If I have to skip breakfast because I am running out the door to get to class or if I miss lunch to work on a project, before long my stomach is growling, my head is aching, and my mood is sinking. Until I get some food, the powerful cravings refuse to lift. I know when my physical body is reacting to a lack of nourishment, but sometimes I forget that my soul could be famished as well.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Matthew 5:6 (NIV)

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed. I tend to see hunger as a negative feeling, something to be remedied; but Jesus says that being hungry is, of all things, a blessing. As my body craves food, my soul also craves that which is right and good. Although I enjoy a warm meal as much as (or more than) the next person, I know that nothing can satisfy me more than pursuing God’s righteousness with a hungry heart.

—Angela Glotfelter


REFLECT: I feel empty, hungry, starving. My stomach isn’t growling, but my heart is crying out for more. My soul begs to be whole, but only Christ can fill my heart with joy, cover my loneliness with peace, make my soul complete. In him, I hunger no more for I have been filled.

—Veronica Paver

—from devozine (November/December 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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