August 6, 2017
Pentecost 9A
Matthew 14:13-21

 

 

I don’t know about you, but all too often I seem to live my life out of a place scarcity. I tend to see the glass half empty, I am afraid there won’t be enough, and in the process I make myself scarce. The origin of the word scarce comes from the Latin, “escarpus” which means “to pluck out.” To be scarce is to literally allow your self to be “plucked out” and to be thrown away. To live in scarcity is to deny the giftedness in which you were created; it is to deny that you have gifts, talents, and resources; it is to deny that you have the desire and the capability to make a difference. Scarcity is the shadow side of humility.

 

Scarcity is often rooted in fear. In the fear of a false humility which believes that you are a hopeless sinner, beyond love and redemption; In the fear that you are not good enough, that others are better than you in each and every way; In the fear of doubt, which continually whispers the lies of the evil one in your ears.

 

This week’s promise is that life abundant can be found deep inside of you and everywhere around you. The plenty of God is eagerly waiting for you to simply open up and to give of yourself to the world and its needs. This week’s Gospel reminds us that when we give what we have to the Lord, in service of the Kingdom, God can do amazing things with us. God takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary!

 

Matthew 14:13-21 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

 

 

      1. Love is everywhere around You

 

The days go by so fast
You’ve forgotten who you are
An old familiar line
The same old falling star

 

When Love is everywhere around you
Waiting for you to open up
Love is everything about you
Take a chance find out who you are

 

Your fallen mind’s afraid
Your courage sheds a tear
Your strength and power
Ever captive to your fears

 

When Love is everywhere around you
Waiting for you to open up
Love is everything about you
Take a chance find out who you are

 

You choose without a choice
You’re forced to live in vain
You’re safe and secure
But screaming in your pain

 

A voice inside
Wonders if it’s true
Could you be loved
Could anyone love you

 

When Love is everywhere around you
Waiting for you to open up
Love is everything about you
Take a chance find out who you are

 

 

 

Love is everywhere around you, open up to it, give it all you got, take a chance, and find out who you really are. In Christ you will discover that you are a beloved child of God, that God has given you a unique passion to meet at least one of the world’s great needs, and that you have more than enough resources to make a difference with your one great and precious life! Amen.

 

 

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