Feeding the masses

We had held a discussion at our group about Jesus feeding the 5000 and how truly amazing that miracle was. The story is found in Matthew 14:13-21 and I would like to share this with you. When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said,” This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat. ” “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me,”he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the Five Loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and we’re satisfied, and the disciples picked up 12 basket full of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. Tell me that that is not absolutely amazing, having God bless their food like that. Think about this for a second, five thousand men not including women and children. Being a part of the Oakdale Rescue Mission part of our work is hosting meals for our homeless friends and when we are preparing meals we get that feeling that we had not made enough food. We never know how many people will show, sometimes 10 or we can have 75, so we try to cook for as many as possible. One day we had shown up with our food ready to go and noticed that we had more people than we had expected and some worry crept into our minds. I silently said a prayer that we would have ample food to feed this large crowd. As we were dishing out to all our hungry friends I had looked down and the dish we had been serving from was still pretty full. After everyone had eaten and some had seconds we still had leftovers, “Praise God”.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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