01 August 2009

God provides

Mark 8:1-10 (NRSV)

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. 3If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way-and some of them have come from a great distance.' 4His disciples replied, 'How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?' 5He asked them, 'How many loaves do you have?' They said, 'Seven.' 6Then 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. 7They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed. 8They ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 9Now there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away. 10And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.

In Exodus, God provides for the Hebrews, they who had been set free from bondage in Egypt. In the Gospels, God provides for the people - Jesus gives thanks, broke the bread and gave the bread to the people. "They ate and were filled." God provides for us as well, every day and in every way, God provides for us, and we are also called to be Godlike and Christlike by working to provide for those in need. God provides for us, and we are inspired by God to provide for others. Enjoy the beautiful day, and all that God provides for us.

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

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