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Topic: Satisfied (10/11/04)

TITLE: Please Sir, I want some More
By Jay Cookingham
10/14/04

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Iím on a diet, itís a sort of spiritual slim-fast type of thing. The peculiar thing about this diet is that every morning I am presented with a fabulous banquet before me. Still, Iím on this diet. Now this banquet has all my favorites, every one of them. Not only does it have all my favorites, it also has everything I need for growth, for nutrition and my health. However, Iíve somehow convinced myself that I only need a nibble of this spread every morning, that I can sustain myself on this diet.

You see, everyday the Father prepares a table before me (and in the presence of my enemies), full of all I need. Mercy, grace, salvation, healing, restoration, and so much more. Every portion is full, piping hot and never runs out!

Oh how He wants us to feast, to take every full plate and finish. To take bread, wipe the plate clean and ask for more. Itís a banquet, meant for feasting, not a table for nibbling and pushing the full plate away. Trying to grab a handful to take with us as we hurry on our way just wonít do either. For the Father says its time to sit down at His table, lingering to take in His nourishment, all of it. The feast is not about getting, itís about receiving, partaking and communion, making the most of the time spent with Father. Itís a place of honor and a place to honor, a place to be served and a place to serve.

A place at the table has been set; let us feast on the richness of His presence, no diet, no nibbling, and no grabbing something on the run. Taking in the deep satisfaction that we experience when we sit in the presence of the Lord and feast at His table.

ďBlessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.Ē
Matthew 5:1-8


Blessings,
Jay


Member Comments
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darlene hight10/18/04
So true! How many of us starve to death instead of feasting at the banquet table.Nice entry!
Dori Knight10/19/04
great thoughts, jay! spiritual Slim Fast? very funny! blessings ~ dori
Glenda Lagerstedt10/19/04
Great analogy! Liked your humor, too.
Dave Wagner10/19/04
Needs some serious trimming to eliminate the redundancies, which really weigh the piece down. You make a strong point, without really explaining exactly *how* to partake of the feast.

>>Öeveryday the Father prepares a table before me (and in the presence of my enemies)<<

Is this, by chance, a slam on your family? Iím kidding. But seriously, what enemies are those, exactly? Even though (I assume) you are speaking figuratively, it might be better to either elaborate on this parenthetical comment, or eliminate it altogether. Someone who didnít know that particular scripture would think, as I joked earlier, that you didnít get along with your family.

>>Öis not about getting, itís about receivingÖ<<

This one left me scratching my head a bit as well.
Lucian Thompson10/21/04
Jay, a well written article with a beautiful message. You communicated the message well. Isnít that what writing is all about?