We are gifted such wonderful readings today. In First Kings we have Jezebel threatening Elijah, and Elijah becomes fearful and running away. He drops off his servant in Beersheba and continues on his journey. But he gives up hope and lies down, only to be provided sustenance and strength by God so he can continue his journey to God's mountain.
The selection from the letter to the Ephesians is that call by the author to live into who God has created us to be and to utilize the individualized gifts we are all given for the completion of the Body of Christ of which we are all apart.
And in the selection from John we have Jesus feeding the masses with five barley loaves and two fish with enough left over to fill 12 baskets.
On this second day of the New Year we have these three readings that provide assurance: of God's involvement in our lives, of God's love for us even when we think we should give up, of God's grace in giving us gifts to effectuate the building of the Body of Christ, and of our continued sustenance and satiated appetite even when we do not trust that the seeming impossible can be accomplished.
We are reminded today that we can trust in who we are and that the gifts God has given us are enough.
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