Pastor’s Pondering – October 12, 2016


In her sermon Sunday, Sandra Moon reminded us how miracles can come from small beginnings.

In the story of the “feeding of the 5,000” in John’s gospel,

a dawning awareness of a crowd’s hunger touched a small boy

who offered his loaves and fishes to Jesus as food for the crowd.

Ms. Moon reminded us that perhaps that generosity then modeled behavior for the rest of the crowd

to pull out their personal stashes of food and

join the “dinner on the grounds” where all would eat and be filled.

She also suggested that Jesus perhaps did something powerful and unpredicted

to multiply the offering so that there would be enough for all.

Since CNN wasn’t there with a camera to record what happened,

and since there are no selfies that recorded the shocked expressions on faces in the crowds,

and since there are no living eyewitnesses to the events,

we will never know HOW it happened.

What we do know is what we learn from that miracle recorded in all four gospels:

whatever we bring to Jesus, however little or much,

Jesus’ influence, power, spirit, involvement, and blessing

can take, touch, and deliver into the hands of those who need our gift.

There are enormously wealthy people in our world

who occasionally do incredibly generous things with their money

to enable those in the world who hunger a chance to eat their fill.

When we witness those acts of benevolence and participation in being “solution” instead of “problem,”

our jaws drop in amazement,

and we can do nothing short of giving thanks to God for those stewards.

But, for every one of those magnanimous gifts,

there are multiple stories in the news and around us in everyday life

of people who do not have wealth but bring what they have to the plate.

They bring their five loaves and two fishes

in the thought that their “little” can become useful to God.

When we see what God’s blessing can do with those small offerings,

we can do nothing less than give God thanks for the courage and compassion

demonstrated by those stewards who bring what they have

to the “giver of all good gifts.”

As people who sit on the hillside that is Trinity Presbyterian Church

encountering Jesus in our worship and study and mission and ministry,

we are surrounded by folks who hunger and thirst for food and righteousness.

As we sit here, let us open the lunchboxes we have brought to the hillside,

and whatever we have, offer it to the Lord whose blessing

can make it more that we can imagine or expect so that the feast can begin.

Just pondering…


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