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Yesterday we had a guest preacher who discussed the feeding of the 5000.  The interesting thing was that he discussed it without ever discussing the actual meal.  Instead he talked about what was going on in Christ’s life at the time.

John the Baptist had just been beheaded.  John was Christ’s cousin and fellow minister.  He was a friend and someone who truly understood who Christ was.  His death had to be the kind of blow that Jesus felt in his chest.  Christ tried to take off and regroup.  He needed some time to get his head back together.

But the people needed him just as badly.  Everywhere he went, there they were.  Asking for help.  Calling for his blessing.  Reaching, demanding, draining.

It would have been so easy for Christ to turn his back.  It would have been so simple to refuse to see what he could do.  Instead, he saw them.  He reacted to them.  He interacted with them and he cared.

Seeing people and caring.  Are these not the greatest acts of kindness?

The next time you check out at a store, look the clerk in the eye.  Speak to her.  Listen to her response.  You’ll still have plenty of time to go about your day.

We encounter so many people everyday who just need a little kindness.  Sure there will still be things that require a lot of hard work.  But pair this with kindness and see what happens.

I dare you.

–SueBE

In adult Sunday school, we’ve been reading through a series of devotionals.  Each is written from the point-of-view of a different person in the Bible who encountered Christ.  This means that each is written in the first person but in fairly modern language.  I have to admit that it took a bit for me to “get” this new form for familiar Bible stories.  But now that I’ve gotten over myself, I notice that these retellings help me notice new facets of each story.

This quote reminded me of the story of the Loaves and Fishes.  How many people sitting there that day had the power to help?  But they just needed to see what they could do.  Fortunately, a forward thinking boy was there to make the initial offering that led to one of Christ’s greatest miracles.

Makes me wonder – what are we each being called on to do?

–SueBE

Holy Father,
So many things come into my orbit from day to day.
Help me to see what I should give space in my life
and what I should release so that it may benefit someone else.

Glossy magazines and Pins tell me
that I deserve more,
that I deserve the best,
that I have earned it.

Help me turn from this call to acquire.
Help me hear your voice
urging me to take only what I need
and pass on the rest,
as the crowd passed along
the loaves and fishes.
They found that they had
more than enough to share.

Let me be so aware.
Let me see that there is
more than enough to share.

Amen

 

 

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