by: Cindy Ford
Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Festival was near.
When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” — John 6:1-7 (NIV)
Jerusalem was the place to celebrate Passover. Jesus was there the previous year (John 2:13), but now as another Passover approaches, he and his disciples are far from city. A throng follows them, and Jesus asks, "Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?"
Money isn't the biggest obstacle: There's no bakery in the Galilean countryside, but even if there were, it would have no bread for sale. Jews don't buy bread at Passover, so the bakeries closed for the week. As God gave manna to the Israelites, so Jesus gives bread to the Jews. But they make the wrong assumption about this miracle. They ask for free bread every day. Jesus replies that he is the bread from heaven, standing right in front of them. They grumble.
Occasionally, I am guilty of this attitude, taking for granted God's blessings, or feeling something less than gratitude. I pray: "Give us this day our daily bread," but does the miracle of God's sustenance inspire my gratitujde and awe?
Heavenly Father, I repent of the times I have not been grateful for everything that comes from you: the air I breathe, the food I eat, my clothes, my home, my loved ones, my health and liberty. Open my eyes to see your hand in every crumb and corner of creation. Help me love you for who you are, and not simply for the good things you provide. Help me to see and honor your likeness and image in every person; let every person see your love in me. I pray this in Jesus' name, Amen.
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Mary Jean Evanoff
As I've read the daily Scriptures for the past week, and the staff comments and thoughts for those days............and prayed, I felt God saying to me Mary Jean, it's all about ME.................who am I to you? How much of your life revolves around ME? Reading Scripture is what I want you to do, I want you to fill your mind with Scripture, but more than that I want you to fill your life with ME.................have faith in ME, trust ME, seek ME............yearn for me.........When my boys were little, we would gather together at night and sing "Turn your eyes upon Jesus........." (I would like to say EVERY night but some nights!) when Luca was little , he was not the best napper/sleeper, so I would hug him and sing that to him before I placed him in the crib............and I continue to do so with Mila...........and I thought , Lord, here I am singing this nice song to these little ones.......but am I DOING IT? Am I turning my eyes to you......forgive me Lord when I do not.........when I concentrate on the busy-ness of my days and get lost in activities, instead of revolving my days....my life around you.............Lord, may I seek YOU all the days of my life, and inspire others to do the same.