March 13, 2018
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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

About The Author:

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 27 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?

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