And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food and broke the loaves and He kept giving them to the disciples to set before them, and He divided up the two fish among them all. Mark 6:41
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
Feeding five thousand people with only five loaves and two fish would definitely go down as one of Jesus' more impressive miracles. He even shows off by having leftovers! I can hardly read this story and not be struck with amazement at the daily provisions God gives us over our lifetimes.
Every time I pray the Lord's Prayer and ask for daily bread, He generously gives me more than I need. That's a characteristic of God: His generosity is overwhelming and never ending. In that one afternoon of blessing, breaking, and dividing food, Jesus gave those famished five thousand enough food so that "they all ate and were satisfied" (Mark 6:42).
Consider for a moment the countless numbers of people God provides for everyday around the world. Safety, freedom, shelter, and full bellies are all wonderful blessings. To avoid complacency, we must remember who provides our daily bread and consider how we might be used-as Christ used His disciples-to provide daily bread to others.
THE PRAYER: Dear Father in heaven, we thank You for the daily provisions You abundantly provide. By Your benevolence You feed us; through Your grace You've redeemed us through Your Son, Jesus Christ. We have everything we need. Bless You for Your gifts. Amen.
Biography of Author: Kane Fulwood is a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Tuggeranong, Australia.
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In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries