He said, “Bring them here to me.” He ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves of bread and the two fish, looked up to heaven, blessed them and broke the loaves apart and gave them to his disciples. Then the disciples gave them to the crowds. Everyone ate until they were full, and they filled twelve baskets with the leftovers. About five thousand men plus women and children had eaten (Matthew 14:18-21, Common English Bible).
This is part 28 in the November Thanksgiving series, “Pass the…” for a listing on the other posts please see the index.
One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving has always been the Turkey sandwich for my evening meal after having eaten the turkey as the main course at lunchtime. I also enjoy the leftover pecan pie (I promise, we will pass that tomorrow), cranberry sauce and several other things that might be found in the refrigerator following the biggest meal of the year. There is nothing quite like a good turkey sandwich while watching the Thanksgiving night football game.
This year I actually tried something new. Cindy made my sandwich and she put both turkey and cranberry sauce on it. I have had both of them, separately, for as long as I can remember. This was the first time I ate both together on a sandwich. In fact, it was the first time I had cranberry sauce on a sandwich.
I talked to my friend Paul later in the day. He told me he was going to eat a dressing sandwich for supper. It sounded both gross and redundant to me. Gross because, well, its dressing and we already went there in this series. It sounds redundant because dressing is cornbread and a sandwich, by definition has bread. So, Paul was going to have a bread sandwich. Oh, yum!!!! (well maybe not).
When I started thinking about this particular day there was only one place to go for the Scripture for the day, Jesus feeding of the five thousand. Think about it, there were twelve baskets of leftovers after the end of a meal where he used five loaves of bread and two fish. I know there is nothing that says how big the bread or fish might have been but considering it was a boy’s lunch, it is a good possibility they were pretty normal in size.
The story tells us how God doesn’t just meet the need, God is so often extravagant in supplying our needs. Jesus fed over 5000 people (the scriptures say 5000 men plus women and children, it could be they fed 15,000 people or even more) with five loaves of bread and two fish. Then, as if that isn’t extravagant enough, there were twelve baskets of leftovers. That at least makes it sound like Jesus and the disciples ended up with more food leftover than there was in the beginning. WOW!!!! That is providing in an extravagant way.
While we didn’t feed 5000 last Thursday, we fed ten, and I don’t think there were more leftovers than there was food at the beginning, there is still no question, we were blessed beyond measure. Then, the blessings continued with that great turkey and cranberry sauce sandwich (and I can’t ever forget the pecan pie).
Isn’t that the way God always seems to be? We are blessed with what God does for us. We are blessed beyond measure and then God blesses us again, and again, and again.
So with that, pass me those leftovers. I think I could use another turkey and cranberry sauce sandwich!
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy and Peace,
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