Read John 6:1-14
"Tell everyone to sit down," Jesus ordered. And all of them - the approximate count of the men only was 5,000 - sat down on the grassy slopes. Then Jesus took the loaves and gave thanks to God and passed them out to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And everyone ate until full!
"Now gather the scraps," Jesus told his disciples, "so that nothing is wasted." And twelve baskets were filled with the leftovers!
When the people realized what a great miracle had happened, they exclaimed, "surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!" John 6: 10-14 (TLB)
Hilary Allen, from England, recently participated in a workshop on listening to God. During the session, they were led in an exercise where they were invited to imagine themselves as part of the feeding of the five thousand. As Hilary immersed herself in the events, she became part of the crowd. She was at the back being jostled by those who wanted a better view of Jesus as he preached. He spoke well, but she had her eye on the food! She was hungry after a long day. She sensed a genuine panic within her, concerned whether there would be enough for her by the time everyone else had helped themselves.
Later, Hilary reflected on how she often feels that she is last in the queue for God's blessings. Is there really enough for me? She feels this way particularly in tough times while others appear content along life's way.
But then she looked at all those overflowing baskets of left-overs! There was more than enough. There was plenty for all. No one went hungry that day. Everyone was satisfied. Hilary finally knew in her heart that God has more than enough to meet our deepest needs. God cherishes us and will nourish us. We all are invited to receive God's nourishment and to know God's love and care.
Prayer: Thank you, God, that there is grace enough and love enough for each of us today and every day, in Jesus' name. Amen.