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Divine Examples

Read John 6:5-13 - Jesus feeds 5,000 with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.

I know what it is to have little, and i know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. Philippians 4:12 (NRSV)

Macie Craven lives in Oklahoma. Her mother grew up in a large family whose meals came mostly from their own land and animals. They were not poor, but they had as many mouths to feed every day as Macie would for an entire dinner party! her mom told Macie of times when an unexpected guest would drop in, and her mother would always find a way to feed one more person.

This reminds Macie of the story of the two fish and five loaves of bread. One Sunday her pastor asked them to consider: What if this weren't just a divine miracle but also a human one? The scripture only describes how the miracle was performed - the bread and fish were blessed, broken, and shared with those seated. But could it be that by divine example people shared with others the food they had brought for their journey?

If on that day people came together to feed a multitude, can't we find the generosity to include one more at each meal? For most of us, giving such a small donation is possible. For others, receiving such a meal may be a miracle of great magnitude.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for our daily bread. Give us the opportunity and also the courage to feed one more, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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