Scarcity and Abundance
April 6, 2020
Silence and Centering Begin by taking a few deep breaths. Slow everything down. Notice the feeling of your body in your seat, your feet on the ground, your back against the chair. Rest your hands, relax your shoulders. Keep your mind on your breathing, and read this story from the book that we love:
Mark 8:1-9 1 During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, 2 “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.” 4 His disciples answered, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?” 5 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied. 6 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so. 7 They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. 8 The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 9 About four thousand were present.
Now reflect on these questions:
1) The disciples ask, “… where can anyone get enough bread to feed them?” They were concerned
about scarcity; certain that there wasn’t enough to fill the considerable need. We live in a time where everything feels scarce. Take a few moments to consider this:
Where do you sense scarcity in your life?
Where does it feel like there just isn’t enough?
As things come to mind, write them down.
Now, look at the list and one by one, imagine yourself telling them to Jesus.
2) Jesus’ reply to the disciples’ question of scarcity is simple and practical, “How many loaves do you
have?” Jesus addresses scarcity by creating abundance through the resources that are already at hand. Take a few moments to consider this:
When is a time when God used the gifts, skills, relationships, and resources that were already present in your life to do something beautiful and unexpected? As things come to mind, tell God, “Thank you.”
Closing passage: Romans 8:38-39 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As you go: Know that God is always with you and you are never alone.
Pray for God to move in your family and friends so powerfully that they experience his presence.