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Devotion - August 2, 2020

Matthew 14:17–21

They replied, ‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’ And he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’ Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Reflection by Janet Derby Scarcity is not something I have ever experienced. At the beginning of this pandemic, when we would try to order toilet paper, or flour, or sometimes chicken or beef and there was none, it made me think about what it might be like to truly have to go without things that I have always taken for granted. Not that it ever became a crisis, but it did help me to recognize that others live with that kind of uncertainty all the time. This story reminds us that there is plenty, even when it seems there cannot possibly be enough to go around. This week, our daughter was organizing a project to put together meal packages for students in Cobb County. She posted a request for donations on Facebook and within hours, she had enough for the 100 packages they had hoped to fill. She started to add items to the original list and they were being bought as soon she got them posted. In the end, there were enough items to fill 200 packages. Perhaps one of the lessons we can learn from this unfortunate time in our history is that we can all live with a less so that others can have what they need. Prayer:

God of Abundance, forgive me when I fail to understand what I truly need in life. Help me to share my blessings with others so that all can eat and be filled. Amen.

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