GPS: June 10, 2015

By June 10, 2015Devotional

Today’s Scripture:

John 6:1-21

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”  When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.

Food For Thought:

This story about loaves and fishes has been one of my favorites for a long time. It is one of Jesus’ miracle stories. But what I find most fascinating about this story is that a little boy shares what he has. This prompts others to share what they have, and there was plenty to go around. Since my children have been small, I have said, “Sharing is caring”, and I truly believe that. When we share what we have, it multiplies to be much more—especially when it comes to love. Sharing has been part of who I am for as long as I can remember. When I was in high school, there was a pool about what each person would do if they had a lot of money when they grew up. Besides my name it said, “I would give it all away.” While neither of these things turned out to be true about me, I still think sharing is a vital part of our faith as Christians. If you had one thing that you could share with another person today, what would it be?


Circle me O God                                                        

Keep hope within

Despair without

Circle me O God

Keep peace within

Keep turmoil out.

Circle me O God

Keep calm within

Keep storms without.

Circle me O God

Keep strength within

Keep weakness out



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