The Hunger

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” ~ John 6.8-9

I often wonder about that boy,
the one with the five small barley loaves and two small fish.
I bet he was small too, that most days
he felt like a boy and hated it, that most days
he would’ve done anything to feel
larger than his life, larger like a man.
So when the opportunity opened itself
on that picturesque hillside with plenty of grass
the small boy flung himself at the chance to sacrifice
not because he was young and altruistic but
rather he was old enough to have
tasted the desire to prove himself,
to stand out somehow from the swelling, swallowing crowd.
He prayed: if just for this moment, life, let me be grand.

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  1. Gwen Acres on November 19, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    When God touches our insignificance…

  2. Lindsay Terry on November 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    After working with thousands of children, teens and young adults for so many years, in some of American’s great churches, it is always wonderful to be reminded of the strength and insight God has placed into the hearts of minds of his younger trophies of grace. Thanks John, for bringing this back to the forefront of my mind.

  3. Diana Trautwein on November 20, 2013 at 5:38 am

    The very text I wrote about this week. Thank you for the reminder to put myself in the place of every character in that narrative, perhaps the smallest person first of all.

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