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Sunday Devotional: Miracles of loaves and fishes

Matthew 14:13-21

When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist,
he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself.
The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns.
When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.  
When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said,
“This is a deserted place and it is already late;
dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages
and buy food for themselves.”
Jesus said to them, “There is no need for them to go away;
give them some food yourselves.”
But they said to him,
“Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.”
Then he said, “Bring them here to me, ”
and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven,
he said the blessing, broke the loaves,
and gave them to the disciples,
who in turn gave them to the crowds.
They all ate and were satisfied,
and they picked up the fragments left over—
twelve wicker baskets full.
Those who ate were about five thousand men,
not counting women and children.

Did you know that there was also another miracle of loaves (sans fishes) in the Old Testament?

2 Kings 4-42-44

A man came from Baal-shalishah bringing to Elisha, the man of God,
twenty barley loaves made from the firstfruits,
and fresh grain in the ear.
Elisha said, “Give it to the people to eat.”
But his servant objected,
“How can I set this before a hundred people?”
Elisha insisted, “Give it to the people to eat.”
“For thus says the LORD,
‘They shall eat and there shall be some left over.'”
And when they had eaten, there was some left over,
as the LORD had said.

And also in our time in Texas?

At 7:53 pm on April 17, 2013, disaster struck West, Texas, a small town of about 2,800, 20 miles north of Waco and 80 miles south of Dallas.

A massive explosion struck the West Fertilizer Co. off I-35, devastating and setting fire to a 4-block radius. The explosion was so huge, it registered as a 2.1 earthquake and could be heard 45 miles away in Waxahachie. There were at least 15 fatalities, including 5 firefighters, and approximately 200 people injured.

Among the people coming to the aid of West, was Mercy Chefs, a non-profit, all-volunteer, faith-based charitable organization committed to providing high-quality, professionally prepared meals to victims, first responders and volunteers during natural disasters and national emergencies.

On April 21, 2013, Mercy Chefs in West, Texas, experienced a miracle of “loaves and fishes.” As recounted by volunteer Gary LeBlanc:

Last evening as I arrived for a meeting at the Command Center, I was greeted by a man who told me an amazing story from earlier in the day.

They had put out the last of the food they had on hand and saw it go quickly. They realized they needed another 100-150 meals for the recovery crew working so hard at ground zero and law enforcement guarding the site. They stopped and prayed that the Lord would do some sort of “loaves and fishes” miracle. They needed food for these selfless heroes and they had none. Ten minutes after the prayer a Mercy Chefs truck pulled up. We had 150 extra meals from lunch and felt directed to the command site. There were tears on both sides as they saw a prayer answered in real time.

Please do pray for the people of West and the Mercy Chefs team that God will continue to use us in such an extraordinary and humbling way.

Here’s a video showing the work of Mercy Chefs in West, TX:

Below are Charity Navigator‘s scores and ratings for Mercy Chefs:

  • Accountability and transparency: 90.00 (out of 100) score; 4 (out of 4) stars.
  • Financial: 87.21; 3 stars.
  • Overall score and rating: 88.51; 3 stars

“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.” ― C.S. Lewis

See also these miracles:

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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