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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, January 8, 2017
I can identify with the story in today’s reading. There is a Christian school thrift shop that I love to purchase material for the projects I make to help support the YWCA abuse and sexual assault victims. I’m thankful to God for the opportunity to use my talents that He gave me to be able to offer others encouragement and strength.
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Today’s scripture reading:
There is a lesson in the leftovers. God gives in abundance. He takes whatever we can offer Him in time, ability, or resources and He multiplies its effectiveness beyond our wildest expectations. If you take the first step in making yourself available to God, he will show you how greatly you can be used to advance the work of his Kingdom. (NLT)
John 6:5-13 – Jesus soon saw a great crowd of people climbing the hill, looking for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Philip, where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.
Philip replied, “It would take a small fortune to feed them!”
Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”
“Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus ordered. So all of them—the men alone numbered five thousand—sat down on the grassy slopes. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and passed them out to the people. Afterward, he did the same with the fish. And they all ate until they were full. “Now gather the leftovers,” Jesus told his disciples, “so that nothing is wasted.” There were only five barley loaves to start with, but twelve baskets were filled with the pieces of bread the people did not eat!
When they had all had enough to eat, [Jesus] said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” –John 6:12 (NIV)
Eun-hye Cha’s (Seoul, South Korea) story is titled “NOTHING TO BE REJECTED;” here is a portion of Eun-hye’s story:
“I often make desk calendars with my church students as part of a program to welcome in the new year. Two years ago, however, after making our yearly desk calendar, I felt that throwing away the leftover paper would be wasteful. . . . The decision was never easy. The paper was high quality and came in a variety of pretty colors.
“This year, while making cards of encouragement and consolation, I remembered the paper in my drawer. I used it to make several beautiful cards. Scripture reminds us of the importance of having the faith to receive God’s gifts with thanksgiving. If we look on our surroundings with hearts full of gratitude, even old paper can become postcards that offer encouragement and strength.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – If we receive with thanks, we have nothing to throw away.
Prayer: Loving God, who created us with care, give us faith to see the beauty in all creation. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prayer Focus: TO RECEIVE WITH THANKSGIVING
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