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Broken Bread

September 17, 2023

Luke 9:17
They ate and were all filled. They gathered up twelve baskets of broken pieces that were left over.

This verse concludes the feeding of the 5000 men with 5 loaves and 2 fish. I’m sure we’ve all heard this story many times ourselves and we even have Sunday school songs about the miracle. So many times, we read about the miracles and are amazed. But let’s look at this from another point of view. A lot of the time, we just look at the surface of the stories. But I have to wonder if there’s not more meaning to this. Every word in the Bible is there for a purpose. What if the bread and fish represent lives? We as Christians are so few in number it sometimes seems. But how many lives has God touched through us? The breaking of bread and fish could signify our lives. When we are broken, we meet other broken people. If we all had our lives “put together” then how would God use us to reach other “put together” people? And would we even need a savior? But as broken people we can reach other broken people and God can use our lives to encourage and enrich others. This can truly bring glory to God as He uses our brokenness and gifts to reach out to other people. God can use a few lives which are much more valuable than bread and fish to change thousands of lives! As an example, there was an amazing man that God put in my husband’s and my life several years back. His name was Earl Bosshardt. Today would have been his birthday – he is celebrating in heaven. He was a quiet but gifted man and God used him to change so many lives outside of his family. Earl was a man who could see a need and just fill it. He didn’t need a lot of praise; he just did what needed to be done. Now that he’s with Jesus, I wonder if Earl realizes how many lives have been changed because of God working through him. How about you and I? How many lives are we willing to reach out to in the name of Jesus?  How many lives does God plan to change through our brokenness? Let us not worry about man’s praise but let’s do all for God’s glory today.

Denise Richard

       ’67/’81 Quarryville PA

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