Monday, December 05, 2011
Work for Food
Lunch, George Tooker, 1964, Columbus Museum of Art
Work for food your whole life long,
Food that cannot satisfy...
First you're young and firm and strong.
Then you're old, and then you die.
Is this all there is for you?
What's the meaning of it all?
Is there nothing more to do?
Can't you hear the Master's call?
There is more, much more, my friend.
There's a glow that's ever new
And strong life that has no end
And a vibrant work to do.
Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal. --Jesus, in John 6:27
Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
--Isaiah 55:1-3 ESV
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