Good Folks, it is Friday, June 21, 2019.
Have you ever been sick and tired of being sick and tired? I am not writing about myself but about some whose lives have been mired with surgery without expected results, construction projects that have brought many change orders or the constant droning of, “We have never done it this way before.”
Last Wednesday’s chapel service, I preached from Mark 8:1-9. Read carefully;
1 In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them,
2 “I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat.
3 If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way—and some of them have come from a great distance.”
4 His disciples replied, “How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?”
5 He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.”
6 Then he ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them to the crowd.
7 They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed.
8 They ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full.
9 Now there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away.
The context, lots of folks and they were most likely grumbling for hunger, adequate bathroom facilities, enough water, maybe difficult to hear what Jesus was saying to the crowds, but they all stayed for three days.
Jesus saw their need and filled it. The disciples raised the question of logistics. Jesus just asked for what was at hand. He gave thanks. Distributed the bread. Fish, small ones, were available and offered. Jesus blessed those as well.
Folks were filled with enough food in their bellies to return to their homes and tell the story of what Jesus said and did. I believe that we are called to do likewise.
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)