Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Gather Up the Fragments... So More May Eat
This Sunday launches FUMCSD's financial campaign, "Beyond Our Wildest Dreams." It's a financial update as well as a reminder of our collective power, our collective faith that God will always provide.
Our scripture, John 6:1-14, highlights the Feeding of the 5,000... one of the best known stories in the Bible. Rev. Elbert is creating a message that will stimulate conversation, and, provide some relief... perhaps even prompt a couple "Amens!"
But the key idea I'm dwelling on is this, as Elbert explained: When Jesus gathered the 5,000 together and said to His disciples "What do we have to feed them?," they immediately resorted to typical human reactions: calculating cost and impossibiliites of the situation. Meanwhile, Jesus knew God would provide. The disciples saw scarcity; Jesus saw an opportunity for generosity...
I've learned, time and again, that if I stop and think of God first, before reacting to a situation, I will be provided for, the situation will resolve peacefully, and there will be no time wasted in worry. They key is remember to STOP my human reaction and go for my faith... see the opportunity for generosity.
Hope to see you Sunday!
Also, a reminder that this is our last week hosting the Saint John's Bible series in Trotter Chapel. Please go! I've been more than once and get something different every time. And, if you haven't already seen it, here's last week's appearance of the Saint John's creator/art director, on the Today Show.