One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. (John 6:8-11)
A simple concept that we are taught as small children. This parable reminds me to trust that God will provide for us whenever we are in need. However, with His many gifts comes the responsibility of being aware of His blessings and to share them with others. Today, our fish and loaves take the form of food packets to Stop Hunger Now, donations to the Emergency Aid Coalition, and the many other opportunities we are presented with to help those within our church and the community beyond.
We grow from learning to share our toys to practicing the radical hospitality we are taught as Christians; and in doing so, we grow closer to God.
Lord, remind us to be thankful for Your many blessings and to share them with others.
Catherine Lappe - St. Paul's member