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children's message with susan
Gaddis UMC presents the 8-02-2020 Children's Message:
We Know How the Disciples Feel
Matthew 14: 13 21
Do you know how the disciples felt when the crowd showed up on the Mount? Have a look at some of the following scenarios for familiarity: The two of you have not had a night out without the kids in weeks. You finally get away. The waiter has just brought your appetizer when the baby-sitter calls and tells you the youngest has a high fever and has started throwing up. You have been planning this vacation for six months. Your reservations are all made and three days before you are scheduled to go your mother calls and says your Dad is going to have a quadruple bypass as soon as the doctors can get his sugar stabilized. You have not had a day off in three weeks. Friday morning your sister calls, says her father-in-law has died and wonders if you could take her kids for the weekend. It has been a very long day. You woke up before dawn because your arthritis hurt so much. You had to go to the grocery store and take your dog to the vet and on the way home your car started to act up and you had to leave it at the garage and get a taxi to take you home. All you want to do is go to bed when the phone rings and it is your friend who lost her husband last month and she just needs somebody to talk to.
And always, when we think we have given all we have to give there is always more need: the starving people in the midst of a famine; refugees from war; the devastation of floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes; to say nothing of our neighbors who are hungry; the children who need someone to care about them; the youth in our community who have nowhere to go and nowhere to grow.
Yes, we know how the disciples felt. Matthew does not have to tell us. Jesus and the disciples had just learned of the death of John the Baptist. They were trying to deal with their grief and as they arrive to a solitary place they see a crowd that has gathered to see Jesus.
As the day is coming to an end, the disciples want to send the crowd away so they can rest, and the crowd can get themselves something to eat. The disciples ask Jesus to send the crowd away. We hear Jesus say “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
I am sure all too often our response sounds like the disciple’s response to Jesus. Send them away, we have here only five loaves and two fish.
Jesus offers no sympathy to the disciples; he merely asks the disciples to bring what they have to him.
Do we trust Jesus with what we have? Do we let our fears, exhaustion and fatigue make us safeguard what we have for ourselves?
How do we respond to Jesus with someone in need in front of us? Some one who is hungry, someone who has just lost a loved one; needs that seem never to end.
In our limited response to help others, Jesus calls us to give all we have to him, trusting him with everything: our time, money, family, skills, and talents. We are to trust Jesus with all that we are. When we do, we become participants in bringing God’s kingdom here on earth.
May we trust God and trust that what ever God puts on our hearts, God is there to help us be as Christ to others. Amen.
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