Power-of-a-WhisperWednesday Readings: 8/20/2014

Today’s Selection:  John 6:1-15

Jesus and the others are on the “other side” of the Sea of Galilee…once again, Gentile country.  I admit that I am writing this a week in advance of now as you are reading it and I am highly influenced from Sunday’s service.  I still hear Sam’s voice whispering insistently in my ears, “how are we going to feed 60+?”

By ourselves it is impossible…but, when God blesses it…when Jesus gives thanks…when the Holy Spirit affirms it and whispers into our head and heart…nothing, I believe, is impossible!

In the past 2 weeks there has been a song I heard that I can’t get out of my head.  It is a new one by Matthew West – his music usually has a significant inspiration behind each song – about God working in the lives of people…in this case it wasn’t the tune that got my attention…it was the words: “I woke up this morning…Saw a world full of trouble now …Thought, how’d we ever get so far down…How’s it ever gonna turn around.  So I turned my eyes to Heaven I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”   Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of people living in poverty, children sold into slavery.  The thought disgusted me so, I shook my fist at Heaven said, “God, why don’t You do something?”  He said, “I did, I created you”…              [click here for the story behind the song.]

Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?”  Jesus was testing him.  How often are we being tested?  How often do we say “Gracious God why don’t you do something”?  How many times is the whisper…”I did, I created you” heard?  In 3 days, as you are reading this, the Night Deacons will begin a new partnership with St. John Lutheran Church in Joliet…there are 33,000 children in Will County who do not know where their next meal will come from…maybe God created you to help make a difference too…or, maybe it will be something else – I believe it is something special for which he gives thanks…