Heart to Heart
1 March 2015
Whenever I read the story of the miraculous feeding of the 5000, I see how the disciples evaluated events out of a worldview of scarcity. There were 5000 mouths to feed (even more with women and children). There were only five loaves and two fish. Too many people, too little food. Jesus, on the other hand, evaluated the situation out of a sense of plenty.
Jesus “looked at the same things the disciples looked at, but where they saw not enough, he saw plenty: plenty of time, plenty of food, and plenty of possibilities wherever there was plenty of God there would be plenty of everything else” (Barbara Brown Taylor).
How can we find a way to see the world with God’s eyes? God will have to help us. How can we operate out of a sense of plenty?
The Catholic writer Henri Nouwen writes: “God is a God of abundance, not a God of scarcity … God doesn’t give us just enough. God gives us more than enough. God is a generous giver, but we can only see and enjoy God’s generosity when we love God with all our hearts, minds and strength.”
Today we say “Thank You”. A significant milestone has been reached – the Foyer and Education block are complete. We have relatively little left to raise. God has been good. We can’t simply move on to “the next thing”. We must stop here and give thanks to God. The stopping and giving thanks takes the form of celebration.
We celebrate before a God who delights in our celebration. We celebrate as a foretaste of the great celebration called heaven. We celebrate because God has made us glad.
Lots of love
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