Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on July 27, 2015.
Prayer: Help us, Lord, to see your abundance. You are the bread of life. Amen.
Reading: John 6:24-35 (Click to read text)
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: This summer, our campers have heard the story of Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness and God providing them with manna and water when they needed it. We drive home the point that God provides for us in abundance.
Our gospel story for this Sunday reminds us of that story. It comes just after the feeding of the five thousand. The crowds are looking for Jesus and seek him out. He is on the other side of the sea and they find him.
They look for him because he gave them food. But he reminds them that He is more than just a food provider. He is the bread of life. I’m sure that many in the crowd left that day scratching their head, wondering what he meant. How often do we do that? We look at things from a human perspective but God looks at them from a divine perspective.
Today, I challenge you to look around you and see all that God has provided for you. If you make a list, either on paper or mentally, I’m sure you will see that God has provided for you in abundance!
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