From the Well - 8/16/2018

Meal time in Cuba

Meal time in Cuba

John 6:51-58 (NRSV) 
51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." 52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" 53 So Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55 for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever."

There were no grocery stores in Cuba when I first started taking building teams to the island in the mid-nineties. All Cubans survived on a small monthly ration. There were only a few tightly controlled markets where extra food could be purchased. Knowing this, I was surprised when the Cuban church provided us with bread at every meal since bread was also rationed and available in only a limited supply.

When I asked my friend and Cuban pastor Pedro Mayor how we were able to have bread at our meals when it was so difficult for Cubans to obtain even a daily ration of bread, he told me that he used our American dollars to purchase extra flour for the baker so that we could have bread at every meal. He also told me that every member of the church gave up a part of their bread ration so that we could have it at our meals. I was immediately overwhelmed by the hospitality and sacrifice of our Christian brothers and sisters in Cuba. The sacrifice of the Cuban Christians was bread from heaven that to this day leaves me filled with the love of God.

Our hunger is satisfied by following Jesus. We are blessed beyond imagination when we follow Jesus, not for temporary reward, but for a reward that lasts forever. Think about it.