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Living our life to the brim

A Commentary by Constance Vanides

"I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world." (John 6:51)

When Jesus wants us to know something of great importance for our lives, He often repeats miraculous events.

Most of us who read the Bible continue to marvel at Jesus' feat of feeding 5000 men (in addition to women and children) from the available source, five barley loaves and three fish. When the multitude all ate until they could eat no more, 12 additional baskets filled with fragments were left over.(Matthew 14:17-21)(Mark 6:38-44)(Luke 9:13-17)(John 6:1-14)

The same miracle is repeated later with 4000 who ate to satisfaction and marveled at the 7 baskets left over, filled to the brim, more than was needed!(Matthew 15:32-38)(Mark 8:4-9)

Later, Jesus emphasizes He is the bread of life, providing more than enough for our immediate needs.(John 6:33-35)

His miracles never end.

I recently heard an unusual story about a Church Committee of dedicated individuals who would go where they were called, lay hands on the sick person and pray for healing.

After one of the men who had been prayed for died, the Committee was asked to serve refreshments after the funeral service. The Committee had no way of knowing how many persons would attend the service and reception. They took a guess and, ahead of time, baked what they felt were enough cookies for everyone who might come, expecting but a moderate number of attendees.

As the service was ending one of the Committee members peeked into the church to check on the service. Imagine the surprise. The entire church was packed with mourners!

There definitely were not enough cookies to serve everyone. And there was no time to go out to buy more. People were streaming into the reception area to help themselves to cookies and coffee. Committee members would go back to the kitchen, fill a platter with more cookies and serve them. Again and again, the platters were emptied and refilled until all the people were satisfied. Yet, there were so many cookies left over, the servers packaged the remainder to send home with the grieving family!

No one ever knew where the extra cookies came from!

Can you believe with Jesus today you can have life and can have it more abundantly...more than enough?

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