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.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
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Based on their agenda, the Jewish leaders in this story were not listening with ears to hear. They were listening for a reason to say, "No." Instead of opening their minds, asking questions to promote deeper understanding such as "What are you saying? What do you mean?" - They go for the jugular question of critique: "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" Do you have people in your life whose default answer to every question is "no?" Before they ask more questions, before they understand why it is important to you, before they consider anything, they say, "no." Perhaps you are such a person. Perhaps our default when anyone makes a statement is "No, you are wrong." or "Why would you think that way?" or some others words to immediately dismiss what is being said. We may intentionally or unintentionally cut people down at the knees with our default answer. Jesus persisted, but he didn't make it easy. The concept of bread of heaven was still abstract and floating above their heads and ours. We are not ready to hear better when we are throwing the verbal land mines of negativity on the road. Granted, we can't have a default answer of "YES" to everything either, but what if, our default was "Tell me more....help me to understand?"
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There is so much I don't know, Lord. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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