To nourish is to awaken, to fill the hungry with good things. For the Lord satisfies our hearts with food and gladness. We bother ourselves, though, at least in the privileged West with overconsumption, fad diets, and product snobbery that we hunger and thirst still, but not for the one thing needful.
If we put as much effort on our souls, (which will last) as we do our bodies, which are decaying (and nothing of earth will glorify them), perhaps we will find the glory that we are seeking. “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” What does it mean to fear the Lord except to come to Him as both a beggar and His child? And when we come to him we eat what is good and delight ourselves in the richest of fare. Nothing of earth can compare. Everything else leaves us wanting.
The Bread of Life, whose life was broken and poured out says, “Take and eat.” An invitation to His table. And so we break the bread and drink the wine in remembrance of the Lamb that was slain. We taste and see the goodness of the Lord, satisfied in His presence. It is in this way that we are filled when we come to the Good Shepherd and say, “I shall not want.”
We pray “Our Father.” We begin here, for in Christ we are His children. He is of heaven, we are of earth, and yet we pray for heaven and earth to meet- for His Kingdom and will to be done. Until then, we ask for this day our daily bread. And we keep asking and receiving. Day after day. Manna from heaven falls, and we are nourished by the Word of God, for man does not live on bread alone. May are stomachs not be full and our souls starved.