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Stale Bread and Smelly Fish
by louis gander
2/11/2009 / Christian Living
First created in His image. Then threw out of Eden.
What dominion was received to plow the seeds of men?
Satan owns deception, and this is his proposal:
"World's tools you cannot use. They're all at my disposal".
But yet, those very tools, that lies could not destroy;
helped Jesus feed five thousand - with food from one small boy.
Did he pay attention, when he heard Jesus' call?
Or did he wait for someone else's food to feed them all?
What if no one listened? What if no one shared?
What if no one bothered? What if no one cared?
Did intimidation strike him - with grownups to compare?
What if he stood silent? Would everybody stare?
I'm sure the bread was stale. I'm sure the fish was smelly -
and who made him responsible to feed their hungry belly?
What if doubts were planted - not knowing if he could?
What if faith and fish and bread seemed so little good?
Was he called to do such things - to worry 'bout the present?
Or was he called to preach the Word? Are words the full intent?
Do we think there's someone else - who God will call by name,
and therefore won't engage ourselves? Who then would be to blame?
But Jesus proved His miracles, with meager food and powers;
God created fish and bread - then blesses us with ours.
Did Jesus sit in synagogues? Was He not salt and light?
And did He reach beyond those doors? Did He not lead the fight?
The "experts" did not like Him. He wasn't keeping quiet.
He questioned all their politic. Their answer then was riot.
Three times disciples fell asleep, so tell me if you please;
Were they really faithful as He wept there on His knees?
Please, can someone tell me, Is faith without works dead?
Was Jesus really faithful when the thorns cut deep, His head?
Was Jesus really faithful then - with shouts of insults said?
Was Jesus really faithful, when on the cross He bled?
Was Jesus really faithful - our nails, He took instead?
Was Jesus really faithful - when life hung by a thread?
Now tell me - was He faithful when they pronounced Him dead?
And can anybody tell me - that words suffice instead?
Jesus sweat before that cross - but works, did not subdue;
for Jesus did not only pray - He also followed through.
I suppose it's time to ask myself - (regarding that young boy),
Have I sat in idleness - and with it, helped destroy?
What impact do I have today? What is my greatest wish?
Did that small boy surpass me with - stale bread and smelly fish?
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