Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on February 20, 2015.
Prayer: Lord, give us this the bread of life always. Amen
Reading: John 6: 1-20
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: On Tuesdays this summer at Camp Mount Luther, we will be thinking about what God gives us. God’s gifts to us are evidence that His is A Love that Never Ends. In this passage, Jesus breaks a couple of loaves of bread and a few fish and somehow feeds more than 5000 people! Obviously, there is more going on here than just having enough to hold us over until the next meal.
There was once a restaurant in Harrisburg called Our Daily Bread. It was, in fact, one response to our prayer for daily bread. But this is different. No restaurant can give us the bread of life. Only Jesus can do that. The bread that satisfies our hunger for ever is a gift beyond our imagination. Obviously, it fulfills a hunger that isn’t signaled by a grumbling stomach. The bread of life fulfills our hunger to know that we are never outside of the love and grasp of our God. And we don’t always remember that. Sometimes we don’t believe that. So, it is good for us to pray the Lord’s Prayer to be reminded that God gifts us with all we need to sustain our physical lives. It is also good for us to pray as the disciples did, Sir, give us this bread always. A prayer-reminder that God holds us and won’t let go. --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff
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