Day 12: Loaves and Fish

Today’s Scripture:

Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 

Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 

But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 

Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Matthew 14:13-21

Prayer + Reflection

  1. Ask God to fill you with compassion for the needs of people around you, whether healing, provision, wisdom, direction or forgiveness.
  2. Pray for the people of God to be moved towards generosity, bringing their resources to Jesus to participate in the mission of God in our church and city.
  3. Ask the Lord to grant you the wisdom needed to help allocate resources, bless others and overlook no one as you serve His people.

Family Moment

Talk with your family about someone in your community you can bless – maybe it’s another family from Church, maybe it’s someone from your kids school or sports team or a co-worker. Put together a basket or some other way to bless them this Holiday season. Talk with your family about the importance of being generous and sharing the love of Jesus with others.