So Much Need

So many people,
so much need.

So much pain,
hurt,
injustice,
brokenness.

So many people
in need of help,
hope,
healing,
love,
peace,
God’s presence
in their darkness.

So much wandering,
so many lost,
in need of care,
tending,
guiding,
seeing a way through.

So many hungry
for sustenance,
a new way,
a new day,
food that lasts,
someone to notice their needs
and help them.

So many needing Jesus
and all he brings.

So many Lord,
including me.

by John L Bell/Iona Community

TAKE THIS MOMENT, sign and space;
Take my friends around;
Here among us make the place
Where your love is found.

Take the time to call my name
Take the time to mend
Who I am and what I’ve been,
All I’ve failed to tend.

Take the tiredness of my days,
Take my past regret,
Letting your forgiveness touch
All I can’t forget.

Take the little child in me,
Scared of growing old;
Help him here to find his worth
Made in Christ’s own mould.

Take my talents, take my skills,
Take what’s yet to be;
Let my life be yours, and yet,
Let it still be me.

Copyright © 1989 Iona Community

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 (CEV)

Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

30 After the apostles returned to Jesus, they told him everything they had done and taught. 31 But so many people were coming and going that Jesus and the apostles did not even have a chance to eat. Then Jesus said, “Let’s go to a place where we can be alone and get some rest.” 32 They left in a boat for a place where they could be alone. 33 But many people saw them leave and figured out where they were going. So people from every town ran on ahead and got there first.

34 When Jesus got out of the boat, he saw the large crowd that was like sheep without a shepherd. He felt sorry for the people and started teaching them many things.

Jesus Heals Sick People in Gennesaret

53 Jesus and his disciples crossed the lake and brought the boat to shore near the town of Gennesaret. 54 As soon as they got out of the boat, the people recognized Jesus. 55 So they ran all over that part of the country to bring their sick people to him on mats. They brought them each time they heard where he was. 56 In every village or farm or marketplace where Jesus went, the people brought their sick to him. They begged him to let them just touch his clothes, and everyone who did was healed.

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