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Don't think I can do it again, but highly recommend it
I look forward to participating again, fully aware each time I have participated in person, I keep learning. I look forward to experiencing the learning in a new way through the online opportunity. I am so glad it is being offered and do hope the evening session fills up!
2 weeks ago
**Sunday, July 25, 2021**
*John 6: 5-13*
When Jesus looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip,
“Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?”
He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered him,
“Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.”
One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him,
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish.
But what are they among so many people?”
“Make the people sit down.”
Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all.
Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks,
he distributed them to those who were seated;
so also the fish, as much as they wanted.
When they were satisfied, he told his disciples,
“Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.”
So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves,
left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets
we read in our news sources
of fire and floods,
of heat waves and climate change,
and we ask, like an Andrew,
“Who are we to address such devastation?”
we see on our devices, images of
brutality and racism,
unmarked burials and a legacy of grief.
We cannot breathe and we wonder,
“Who are we to take on this tragic past and unjust present?”
We are often paralyzed by the enormity of this wrong.
We are tempted to wait out the news cycle.
We can fall into the shame of inertia.
Feeder of the Five Thousand,
we hear the stories of
violence and abuse,
war and conflicts.
“In the face of so much, what can we do?”
We can be overwhelmed.
We can shut down.
We can suffer compassion fatigue.
Multiplier of the Loaves and Fishes,
this pandemic seems to go on forever.
In the face of exhaustion, isolation, and loss, we sigh,
“When will this end?”
We are tempted toward impatience.
We snap with irritation.
We long for some sort of “normalcy.”
In these struggles of the faith,
we pray for your presence.
Remind us that you are the Prophetic Healer.
Teach us again that you are the Miraculous Messiah.
Show us once more that you are the Feeder of the Five Thousand.
Reveal yourself to us as the Multiplier of the Loaves and Fishes.