Warm To The Touch

They all ate as much as they wanted

Matthew 14:20
Isaiah 55:1-3; Psalms 145:8-9,15-18; Romans 8:35,37-39; Matthew 14:13-21

Someone has wondered what it would be like if God decided to install a voicemail telephone system in Heaven. Imagine praying to Him here and now and getting this response:

“Thank you for calling our Heavenly House. If you have a request, press one. To offer thanksgiving, press two. For complaints, press three. For all other inquires press four.”

Suppose we pressed four and heard God give this reply:

“All of our angels are busy helping other worshippers right now. Your call is important to us, so don’t hang up. Calls are answered in the order received.” Or, “our hours are from nine to five weekdays, please call again during regular business hours.”

We are here together to worship a loving God who answers all our calls personally — day and night, including weekends and holidays. His line never delivers a “busy” signal.

Today’s Gospel episode tells the story of what happened when a crowd of many thousands of Jesus’s followers grew hungry …


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