“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?”
What are they indeed? What do the gifts we have to offer matter—especially given the width and breadth and height of the challenges we face? A pandemic that rages unequally throughout the world despite highly effective vaccines. Climate change patterns that rage even in wealthy countries. Work-life patterns that seem not to work for anyone at this point in time. And yet we see little momentum toward real change that could help us to recover our human connection and well-being. We face adaptive challenges with no real consensus of how to fix them. We know of other real solutions to real problems but cannot find the will to overcome our division to address them.
It all feels beyond our control. Indeed, it is. But it is not our work to control it. We are the servants. We have other work to do. Who, this day, will we serve? What are our gifts among so many people? Leave that last question to the one says again and again, “Do not be afraid.”
Enter into worship.
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