Loaves and Fishes

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. When they were satisfied, he told the disciples, "Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost." So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. John 6: 5-13 (NRSV)

Jane Reid lives in Oregon. She noticed a need at her new church; a choir to lead congregational hymn singing. Although She has been part of church choirs since her childhood, the idea of direction an adult choir scared her. Yet when she mentioned the need to the elders, they asked Jane to organize and lead a choir, if she said yes, she risked failing in front of the whole church.

In today's reading, a few fish and small barley loaves, offered by a young boy, looked foolish and inadequate compared to a hungry multitude. However, in the hands of Jesus, everyone had enough to eat. When Jane offered her limited musical skill, God made it enough to form a choir. Their congregation that used to stumble through hymns without a choir to lead them now sings with confidence.

We encounter different needs every day. Sometimes we might think, Somebody should do something about that. Maybe we are that somebody. Are we willing to risk failure by stepping into a task that seems impossible? The Bible is full of people who risked looking foolish and failing. Noah, Gideon, Esther, and David all did impossible things with God's help. And we can too.

I know that as worship leader here for The First UMC of Gulfport for over six months; I couldn't have done it without God leading the way.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, the need is great, and we are small. But with your help, all things are possible, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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