Are you still full? Of course, I mean spiritually. Many of us have been overstuffing our bellies from all the tasty treats on the countertops and leftovers from the stockings that were once brimming with decadent goodies. By today, we should be plenty full. The Bible tells many stories about eating and the abundance of food. There is also, usually, a connection between the food we put into our mouths and the food that fills our spirit.
With all that happens during the Christmas season, we should also have a full spirit. We have seen the excitement of children, fellowshipped with family and friends, enjoyed the beauty of lights and decorations, and we have had our fill of worship. We have sung Christmas carols, heard the birth of our savior retold and maybe even seen it reenacted. Our spirits should be quite full from all of this nourishment. The question the week after Christmas is how long will our fullness last? Once the anticipation and excitement have passed, how do we remain full in the spirit?
Two of the most familiar references to food in the Bible suggest that the food we consume for our bodies can sustain and feed our spirit. During the feeding of the 5,000 people from a small number of loaves and fishes followed the disciples worrying about how to feed everyone. Jesus multiplied the food and showed that when you rely on him, there is no need to worry because he will always provide for our needs. Spiritual food abounds.
Another story that makes a spiritual connection to food is the last supper. The disciples were made up of people who have made mistakes in the past and will make more in the future. Jesus broke bread and poured wine signifying food for healing our broken spirit. In Christ, we should never be hungry spiritually, but always abounding in joy and love. Let us take the fullness of the Christmas season and live full the whole year long.