“Feed Your Starving Soul”


Not just the nibble
we remember eating yesterday,
or that meal last Sunday
the pastor spoon fed us
as he waited for us
to want meat and potatoes.


We feed our bodies
more fuel than they can burn
but starve our souls
with skimpy feedings:
a little here
a little there
when a feast of wisdom and comfort
is in our grasp.


“Come and eat,” the prophet urges.
“Buy wine without money that your soul may live.”


Taste the honey of Psalm 139,
a platter of Isaiah 55,
the comfort food of Philippians 4,
the meat of Romans 8.
Chew the pithy parables.
Taste samples of the stories of those
who have wrestled with God.


Tomorrow dish it up again;
digest it so you may thrive,
grow strong,
mature and produce fruit.


by Linda Siebenga
originally appeared in the 9 May 2011 edition of Christian Courier, p.13
reprinted here by kind permission of the poet

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