This week’s readings from the gospel of John and the letter to the Ephesians remind us of God’s abundance toward God’s people. The readings from the Hebrew scriptures for today are more problematic for us. 2 Samuel describes King David making self-centered decisions that have grave impacts on the lives of others. This reading may be particularly difficult for those who have survived or perpetrated violence. Likewise, the psalmist laments the evil that can flourish when god is pushed to the margins, but also reminds us that God provides a refuge for those who would otherwise be at the mercy of the powerful. God’s love for us knows no bounds, as the two stories in John 6:1-21 so visibly describe.
After feeding the huge crowd-a miracle that reminds us of God’s provision –Jesus comes to terrified disciples. With words of peace, Jesus calms the storm and their fear. In all kinds of situations, we realize that Christ is with us. Not physically but in a way that reminds us that no matter what is going on around us, god will help get us through.
This week, reflect on a time when you felt scared, abandoned, or alone. Create a prayer/poem/psalm that tells of God’s presence and provision in the experience.