Off the Beaten Path
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Recently, the pastor at my church preached on the following Bible verses. I used pictures from my professional I-stock account to create a slide show of the Biblical account.
Mark 6:41 “And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.” King James Version (KJV)
As I write this blog entry, Grammarly is going crazy trying to fix the quote from scripture. This sermon and message keep gnawing at me. With the resurrection, it may be the only miracle I can recall that is in all four scriptures. But, what does this teach us if we look beyond the supernatural?
A little boy gave up his lunch to feed others. I can see an anxious Mother packing his lunch and hoping no one will take it away from him.
His lunch fed thousands of others with 12 baskets of leftovers. We are not sure how many as the story mentions only the men. I am sure families were there. We talk as teachers about why we teach. We help students grow and become productive members of society. In my twenty years as teaching, I had just my few loaves and fishes. But my students have accomplished incredible things, from saving lives as firemen to serving in the armed forces to medical. Some just live their best lives, being great husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, raising the next generation. I fed them from my own meager store and reaped great rewards.
Even if this story is just a teaching fable, it holds for me a great truth. If we serve others, we get a thousandfold back in return.