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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Today’s Reading | Matthew 14:13–21 

Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. (NRSV)

Reflection
This selection makes me think of the phrase “Jesus has my back.” Even when faced with tasks that seem insurmountable, they can be made manageable as long as you have faith and trust. Jesus was trying to retreat to a private place, but when faced with the thousands of hungry people following him, he performed a miracle to feed everyone—including providing enough for leftovers.

It is a struggle for many of us to “let go,” to give up control and to trust others, but knowing Jesus has performed miracles before, we shouldn’t have to worry: everything will work out. Even if something doesn’t go your way, you’ve attempted it and you can learn from your mistake. You will be given another chance in the eyes of God. Live life with no regrets.

Prayer
Dear Lord, help us have full faith and trust in your magnificent miracles, your strength and guidance as we maneuver though our daily lives. Remind us of the beauty you’ve given us on this earth and continue to protect us from evil. Amen.

Written by Doug Whitmer, Director of Human Resources and Office Administration


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