Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
It is a fact that in any given crowd of people, there is hunger – not only for food for the body, but for food for the soul as well. It is equally true that by God’s mercy, there is ample food to go around, with enough for leftovers, just to justify generosity of spirit when giving anything to anyone. Today this lesson of the feeding of the 5000 came home to me. After a busy and tiring morning my two friends and I needed to stop for a coffee. We each searched pockets and purses and came up with $5.30 and a coupon for one free drink. We approached the pay station with apprehension –would we have enough for our modest order? “$5.21 please,” said the especially kind attendant. Needless to say, our bodies as well as our souls were nourished as we sipped on our orders, delighting not only in steaming warm drinks, but also in the generosity of a Father who amply ‘give(s) us today our daily bread’ – in soul as well as body – with a twinkle in his eye, that remains translated into one thin, shiny, leftover dime in the beverage holder of my vehicle. How can we ever doubt the generous care of our God? God, give us today –in in body, mind and spirit - our daily bread.
You prepare a table before me [even] in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. (Psalm 23:5 )
God’s extravagant generosity toward us, compels us to be extravagantly generous toward others.
Andy Stanley, Founder of Northpoint Ministries
Soli ad gloriam
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.