When Jesus looked out and saw that a large crowd had arrived, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread to feed these people?” He said this to stretch Philip’s faith. He already knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered, “Two hundred silver pieces wouldn’t be enough to buy bread for each person to get a piece.”
One of the disciples—it was Andrew, brother to Simon Peter—said, “There’s a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But that’s a drop in the bucket for a crowd like this.”
Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” There was a nice carpet of green grass in this place. They sat down, about five thousand of them. Then Jesus took the bread and, having given thanks, gave it to those who were seated. He did the same with the fish. All ate as much as they wanted.
When the people had eaten their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the leftovers so nothing is wasted.” They went to work and filled twelve large baskets with leftovers from the five barley loaves.
The people realized that God was at work among them in what Jesus had just done.
John 6:5-14, The Message Bible
God of miracles, embolden us to serve no matter how much we have to give. As we humbly seek to do your good work on earth, let us not forget your awesome power that intensifies the impact of our every effort. We thank you for allowing us to serve together as your body on earth and for the different ways we each contribute and the creativity that continues to come forth and be shared. Help us listen for your promptings and follow in ways in which your light might shine through us and into the dark places. You have shown us a different way of living, we are challenged to live it, and we know you will offer us all that we need. Guide us as we work together to further big ideas in your name. #ACOBAmen.
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