Read John 6: 1-13
Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two
small fish, but how far will they go among so many?
Early one morning while watering my plants on my porch
I noticed that my favorite hanging plant was wilting. The
blossoms were beginning
to fade. I had only a little
water left in my watering
can, but I poured that on
the plant, intending to
come back later with
more. But in my busy
day, I forgot to return to the plant.
Much later, when I went back out to the porch, I noticed
that my once-wilted plant had revived — the beautiful blooms
full and glorious again! It only took a few drops of water to
bring back its beauty.
I realized that living our faith can work in a similar way.
We may feel that if we can’t do something big or if we don’t
have a lot to contribute, we cannot help someone. But many
times, small gestures can make a big difference in someone’s
faith journey. One kind word spoken at the right time can
turn everything around. Just like the boy offering his barley
loaves and small fish in today’s reading, a small deed done in
the name of God can produce a miracle.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to share our gifts — no matter how
small they may seem. Thank you for giving us the gifts that
can help produce miracles in others’ lives. Amen.
Mary Beth Rademaker (North Carolina)
Prayer Focus: THOSE WI THOUT ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER
— John 6: 9 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
I can share God’s love through
a small act of kindness.