Not too meager to feed the multitude

Have you ever wondered what you would have done if you had been faced with a multitude of hungry people as Christ Jesus and his disciples were? Would you even have offered up your few loaves and fishes as a young man in the crowd did? After all, what are they in the face of such a large gathering?

There are so many lessons we can learn from this Bible narrative. Once when pondering it, I suddenly saw that at Jesus' request the disciples brought to him their meager sense of what was available and he blessed, that is, uplifted it, and gave it back to them to give to the hungry men, women, and children. They all ate and were filled! If our understanding of God seems to us limited, we can, with hearts full of gratitude and expectation, turn thought to the ever-present Christ. Our understanding is uplifted and blessed, and we are enabled to share more effectively, and others' needs as well as our own are cared for.

We don't need to be intimidated
February 20, 1995

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