A crowd came because they were hungry to hear from and be healed by You, Jesus. In staying late, they also grew hungry physically. Your disciples had only five loaves of bread and two fish; not even enough to feed the twelve of them, much less a crowd of five thousand.
But You took what was there, looked up to heaven, gave thanks and broke it. And that meager amount was miraculously multiplied to provide enough for more than five thousand people to eat and be satisfied, with more left over than there was at the start!
Oh Lord, You have placed gifts in me and in each one of us that are to be shared. Like the bread and the fish, it may not look like much to begin with. But You do not make mistakes.
What matters is not what things look like here on earth through man’s eyes. What matters is that the gifts are available to be used by You.
So Father, in these times of crisis, help us each offer what we have. Let us overcome the selfish, hoarding, greedy ways of the flesh and look to You with thanksgiving in our hearts.
Father bless us and break us to release the gifts You have placed in us. Use what You have given us to make a blessing for others that will bring glory and honor to Your name.
Because of who You are: the One True God, the Lord Jesus Christ, You can do more than we can say or do, more than we can ask or even imagine!
With You, nothing is impossible! Amen