“We hunger to be known and understood. We hunger to be loved. We hunger to be at peace inside our own skins. We hunger not just to be fed these things but, often without realizing it, we hunger to feed others these things because they too are starving for them. We hunger not just to be loved but to love, not just to be forgiven but to forgive, not just to be known and understood for all the good and bad times that for better or worse have made us who we are, but to know and understand each other to the point of seeing that, in the last analysis, we all have the same good times, the same bad times, and that for every season there is no such thing in all the world as anyone who is really a stranger.”–Frederick Buechner from “Secrets in the Dark”
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of Buechner. My call to ministry, as a Diaconal Minister in the Evangelical Lutheran church in America (ELCA) is best captured in this Buechner quote “The place God calls you to be is the place where the world’s deep hunger and your deep gladness meet.”
Yes, that place where the world’s deep hunger and my deep gladness meet. The thing is, my friends, that hunger is all around us. We all hunger in some way or another. Yes, there are many who literally hunger. God calls us to reach out to them and provide food for them. I am proud of organizations like Backpack Buddies in our community where backpacks are filled with food and given to families who are struggling to get them through the weekend.
I don’t know what it is like to hunger in the way these people do. I have a roof over my head. I have a refrigerator full of food. I have a warm place to lay my head at night. I can go out and buy more food if I need too. So I have never truly experienced hunger in this way, but my friends, we all hunger…
We hunger to find that special person to share life with.
We hunger for peace to be brought about in this world.
We hunger for the end to violence and war.
We hunger to know that there is enough.
We hunger to know that we are enough!
And in that hungering, we begin to truly hear the words from Frederich Buechner because we are truly not alone. We are all alike in many ways. We all have things that we hunger for and need in our lives. We all hunger for God’s love, grace, and forgiveness. And in that promise, we know that we are truly never a lone; that we are truly never strangers.
Amen, my friend! Just so much Amen!!!
And just imagine how different our lives would be (and so much richer), if we approached each person with the thought that, "He or she is hungry, just like me. I wonder that his/her hunger is and how I can alleviate it?"
Tara, your best my friend. His best written by way of your hand today. Beautiful. And, like Karrilee says, "Just so much Amen!!!"
I have been single for over ten years – I can relate with both sides of hunger and being satisfied in the Lord. Great post
Thanks! Glad to know I am not alone!
What a great post Tara! "The place God calls you to be is the place where the world's deep hunger and your deep gladness meet." I had tried to feed my hunger with a lot of things that did not satisfy.
Thanks! That quote is one of my top faves!!!
I love the idea that hunger proves that we're really a lot more alike and we're not alone! I'm gonna have to ponder that for a while 🙂 Great post!
We really are a lot more alike than different!
So wonderful. The backpack ministry sounds like a great mission. Thanks for sharing your inspiration.
It really is a great ministry! It helps so many.
"The place God calls you to be is the place where the world's deep hunger and your deep gladness meet."
This….. exactly what I needed. Sometimes, I question what am I doing here in this place in my life, I thought Id be here or there doing this or that and yet I am here, Learning to acknowledge Him and He is and will direct my steps. Learning to trust His leading and guidance. I need to wake up everyday with gladness, rejoicing and searching out needs that I can meet with His love.
I am so glad my post spoke to you Laura. That quote reminds me daily of my call to ministry. Hope it does the same for you!