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thankfulness...

But Elisha's attendant asked, "What? Am I to set 20 loaves before 100 men?" Elisha said, "Give it to the people to eat, for this is what the Lord says: 'They will eat, and they will have some left over.'" 2 Kings 4:43


Lately, as I have been making my way at a snails pace through the Kings, I came across the story of Elisha feeding the 100 men this morning, the day after Thanksgiving, and I sat silently, thinking about how incredibly thankful the people must have been. Even though it isn't recorded, I can only imagine the look on their faces and the joy in their hearts that during a famine, they were being fed, and even more important, from the first bread of the harvest. The time when it is the most satisfying to have a morsel of food at the doorstep of your mouth after being so hungry and waiting so patiently.


Then I paused, and recalled a story I had just read that had permeated my mind and my thoughts for hours after. A very real drought and famine is and has been happening in Afghanistan and continues to this day, and the people are having to make choices, some to sell off their 4 and 6 year old daughters so that the rest of the family can eat. And my heart broke. And broke some more. And I found myself asking God, Why? Why can't everyone have food to eat, why can't everyone experience this miracle without having to sacrifice their young child? It tore me apart, and if I am honest, it still does. My heart began a search for an answer, for consolation, for anything that could be offered to me to make my heart be still and know that He is God.


I turned to John 6. I knew Jesus had proclaimed that He was the Bread of Life...and all of a sudden, this story came alive to me in ways that it never had. I've heard the story a million times, probably you too. But at certain points in your life, it just makes sense. And this was one of those times - I read the story, every word, as if it was life to my soul that was dying. And in that moment, my soul desire was to read to the people in Afghanistan living in the tents the same words:


"For the bread of God is the One who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. I am the bread of life...no one who comes to Me will ever he hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again." - Jesus, John 6:33, 35


"They will eat, and they will have some left over..." - Elisha, 2 Kings 4:43


Be thankful, not just for the food you have and for the family you cherish - but be thankful that we know a Savior who gives us something to eat, of which we will never go hungry...be thankful that we have His Word to read and His hope to know that this life is fleeting, but it is His Word that stands forever and ever. It is life. It is pure and utter thankfulness.

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