Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900) or on the Cove Presbyterian Church Podbean page.
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The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat." But he answered them, "You give them something to eat." They said to him, "Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?" And he said to them, "How many loaves have you? Go and see." When they had found out, they said, "Five, and two fish." Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. And all ate and were filled; and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.
Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.
I think this is a powerful reminder that, because of Jesus Christ, there should always be enough. I mean, even though the resources may appear meager, the one who multiplied the five loaves of bread and the two fish so that they might feed a crowd of five thousand men, he can still provide enough for everyone to have a share. In other words, we can all have enough.
But there’s an “if” right after the “enough.” Although, in the story, the feeding of the five thousand is miraculous, within our modern world, we might be called and equipped to participate in this miracle. You see, in the story, everyone had enough, but not necessarily too much. And as we consider our lives, God may be calling the followers of Jesus Christ to share some of their surplus, in other words, some of their extra food with those who are lacking. You see, in this way, we might become part of our own feeding miracle, and everyone will have enough, if we open our eyes, hearts and hands and begin to share.