October 30

Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered.  Psalm 105:5 

Taking the five loaves and the two fish, Jesus looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled. Matthew 14:19-20

What a wonderful world we live in. As we look at our surroundings we see beautiful fall leaves, grass that is still green, sunshiny days and rainy days. In our area we are spared violent storms and raging wild fires. And, most of us have sufficient food and often more than we ever eat. As the Psalmist reminds us, we should all remember the wonderful things that God has done. From all of Creation through miracles and more, God is awesome.

The world currently produces more than enough food to feed everyone, yet, not everyone has enough food. It is estimated that about 11% of the world’s population went hungry in 2016, or about 800 million people. Apparently we don’t produce enough food? Nope, farmers produce enough food to feed 1.5 times the world’s population; we could actually be feeding 10 Billion people (2.5 billion more than our current population.) What happens to it? Waste, it is estimated that from 30-40% of food is wasted. This can be from areas that lack the infrastructure and knowledge to keep food fresh, it can be that we here don’t spend all that much for food and waste much of what we buy.

God provides for us in abundance. We read in Exodus 34:6 (and in other verses) that God is abounding in love and faithfulness. In proverbs 3:10, “then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Or Psalm 23:5 “You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Jesus took the few loaves and fishes, and multiplied the food so that the people had enough to eat with some left over. Not just enough to eat, the verse says they “were filled.” What a miracle that was – whether the food itself actually was multiplied, or whether everyone there took our and shared the food they had brought along, everyone had more than enough.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.: Romans 15:13 

Divine Chef, we thank you for the simple pleasures of eating, and for all the ways you refresh and feed our spirits—through beauty, through silence, through friends, through ministries. Lord of miracles. You call us to feed the hungry and give water to the thirsty. Help us to see the needs of our neighbors and work to share your blessings.  Remind us that we and others need both kinds of bread. Amen.

Chris Gabel