Day: Pentecost 9B
Lectionary Passage: John 6:1-21
Scripture Focus: John 6:10-13
Good morning everybody! It sure has been hot this summer. Everyday is like a million degrees outside. When it gets really hot like this, I get extra thirsty. Do you think it would be better for me to drink a milkshake or a glass of water? (give kids a chance to respond) I would need water. After that, I might go ahead and drink a yummy milkshake, but water is the best thing for me.
God always knows what we need because God knows everything about us. God knows that on a hot summer day when we are thirsty that we need water. And in our story for today, God knows that hungry people need food.
Let me tell you about the story. One day, Jesus was teaching near the Sea of Galilee and a huge crowd of people were following him so that they could learn more about God. It got late and everyone was very hungry. There were thousands of people. A young boy offered to share his lunch. He had five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus took that small mount, gave thanks to God, and started to pass it around to everyone who was there. That’s when the miracle happened: the boy’s lunch was enough to feed everyone in the crowd!
Most of the time, God provides what we need in ordinary ways. But every now and again, God surprises us with miracles that show the amazing power of God. God doesn’t always give us what we want, but we can count on God to provide everything we need.
Let’s pray: Thank you God for providing everything we need. Help us always to be thankful. Amen.