A favorite Gospel story of mine is Jesus feeding the multitudes. It’s repeated in several places with a number of variations – but always compelling.
Jesus, with disciples in tow, is found teaching his provocative message of God’s kingdom with thousands gathering to participate. It’s close to dinner time and the disciples get nervous. “Everybody’s hungry but won’t go away. What are we going to do?” Jesus says, “Feed them.” Gulp! With what? We have so little.
Well, the story is well-known. Thousand being fed abundantly from what appears as scarcity is surely a miracle. Julian Scott, an elder in our church, mentor and friend of mine, offers this practical solution to those who might be befuddled by the audacity of God’s miracles. You see, says Scotty, it was customary for people on the move to carry food with them as they traveled in those days. When the time came, and Jesus teaching a message of love, compassion and justice, well, they just pulled what they had out of their pockets and… and shared. Five loaves and two fish became much, much more. It was truly a miracle of God.
An invitation for you – Please join us at PUMC for a Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Thursday, November 26, 2009, 2 p.m. Bring a dish to share.
Here’s what to expect – We’ll provide the turkeys; Larry is making his patented dressing; Pam is bringing her fruit salad; Shannon will bring bean casserole; I know there will be at least a pie or two; … So bring some of the same, bring something different… most importantly bring the gift of yourselves, families/friends, and neighbors.
One thing we ask is that you contact us to let us know you’re coming. (Comment on this site or send an email).
I don’t claim miracle status for this… but certainly our gathering is about the abundance of God in community.
Psalm 42:4-6a These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I went with the throng, and led them in procession to the house of God, with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.