Whining in the Desert – An offering from Brad Syverson

Mark 8: 1-10

How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?

In the story of Mark chapter 8, Jesus finds himself with thousands of hungry folks out in the desert.  It breaks his heart, Jesus tells his disciples.  The disciples look at the thousands and the vast deserted desert and whine.  “Well what do you expect us to do about it?” they ask.

Jesus shows us hunger, poverty, hurt and grief among his people.  “It’s breaking my heart,” He tells us.  We’re tempted to whine as well.  What do you expect US to do about it, God?

What if whining melted into prayer?  We could ask:  “What DO you expect me to do about it, God?”   Honestly, I don’t know if I’m ready to hear the answer but I don’t want to miss the miracle either.  May we pray that question today and may we be emboldened to listen and act!

(c) 2018 Brad Syverson
Spiritual Director

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