PASTOR BRAD'S PAGE
August 12, 2018
In the Dr. Seuss story, “Green Eggs and Ham,” Sam I Am repeatedly asks, “Do you like green eggs and ham?” and it is only after relentless badgering that the man tries them and likes them. Initially his answer is, “No,” because the green eggs and green ham don’t sound appetizing. Usually, when eggs and ham turn green it’s time to throw them out.
In our gospel lesson this week (John 6:35, 41-51), Jesus says, “I am the living bread…whoever eats this bread will live, the bread I give…is my flesh.” Ewww. Yuck. Gross, gnawing on Jesus sounds as appetizing as green eggs and green ham. But Jesus is not speaking literally, he’s speaking spiritually. He’s talking about his love and his teachings being the spiritual food that we’ll want again and again, on a train, in the rain, on a boat with a goat.
Jesus is our daily bread. He feeds our souls with God’s love, nourishes us with God’s mercy, fills our hearts with God’s hope and satisfies our appetites with God’s peace, so that we will have the strength to get through each day of our life journeys. Thanks be to God. Amen.
Rev. Bradley A. Walmer,
a 2008 graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree and was awarded the 2008 Rev. Delores Berry prize for preaching. He was ordained into Christian ministry by the Lebanon Association of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ on June 1, 2008. Prior to beginning his pastorate here at New Covenant on August 1, 2015, he served as the pastor of St. Paul’s Summer Hill UCC in Auburn, Pa (located southeast of Pottsville, PA).
Pastor Brad and his wife Michelle were born and raised in Lebanon County and now reside in the area with their dog, Chloe.