"There is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah"
2 Nephi 2:8 (The Book of Mormon)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Your Five Loaves...

5- When Jesus then lifted up his eyes and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Phillip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
8- One of his disciples... saith unto him
9- There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes; but what are they among so many?
10- And Jesus said, Make the men sit down.  Now there was much grass in the place.  So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
11- And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
12- When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remaining, that nothing be lost.
13- Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above them that had eaten.

I love that the Savior performed this mighty miracle using the meager offering of a small boy.  Five loaves and two fishes were what the child had to offer.  On his own, the boy's gift could have fed maybe 20, but in the Savior's hands thousands were filled.  

What are the loaves and fishes the Father has given you?  What are the miracles that He waits for your offering to perform?  It is my testimony that He has endowed you with a set of gifts and talents, which in His hands, can do something for someone else that no one else ever born can do!   
Lay your gift at His feet!  
Seek His vision and will in your life! 
Move as He directs and then... 
Stand still! ...
with the utmost assurance that the arm of the Lord will be revealed!

Your meager offering, coupled with His grace and goodness have the capacity to literally change the world... one inspired word, one guided step... one uplifted brother at a time.  For this, I praise His most Holy Name!


  1. This is my personal experience as well. It never ceases to amaze me how the Lord can take what I fully give and make it enough. I have also learned to not discount someone else's offering. We can be so judgmental and miss the blessing of receiving what was given from the heart.

  2. I've never thought of this story from this perspective. We all DO have something to offer the Savior! And when we put it in his hands, amazing, miraculous things happen! What a beautiful promise. Thanks for your insight.


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