This litany is inspired by a reading of this week's Lectionary passages for Proper 13, Year B; specifically the Exodus 16, Psalm 78, and John 6, which are about desire and satisfaction.
God, we can spend our whole lives searching for things to fill us,
Our whole lives feeling empty,
Our whole lives looking for satisfaction,
Believing we are incomplete.
Many of us know this gnawing hunger,
This driving desire,
And we have tried many things to satisfy us -
Possessions and pleasure,
Rich food and drink,
Achievement and status,
Adventure and thrill.
None of these, of themselves, are bad -
it’s just that we tend to think they will fulfill us.
And then we find that the deep soul yearning -
To be known,
To be loved,
To be at one,
To be at ease,
To be still,
To be free -
Because these things can accent life, can be enjoyed, can accessorize life,
But they are not life.
And you sent us the Christ, to offer us a new headspace, a different mode of being,
A new fuel.
Christ offered himself as manna in this desert:
The Bread of Life. (1)
This is the new bread: that we realize our oneness with Christ
And with his community;
That we allow ourselves to be nourished from the inside out
And find ourselves transformed;
That we believe and follow his path of love and peace,
To arrive where we first began: complete and whole.
1) John 6:35