“All of Them Ate and Were Filled”
We praise you, Lord, for the ways that you take what we have, even when it is very little, and do great things with it.
We praise you, Lord, for the ways that you involve us in sharing gifts with others.
We praise you, Lord, for the ways that people are filled when they receive that which we have to offer and which you have blessed and multiplied.
We praise you, Lord, that in our sharing, in your blessing and multiplying, and in their receiving, grace is experienced.
“Jesus asked them, ‘How many loaves have you?’ They said, ‘Seven, and a few small fish.’ Then ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all of them ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. Those who had eaten were four thousand men, besides women and children. After sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.” (Matthew 15:34-39)