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John 6:1-21

More Than We Need

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John 6:1-21

More Than We Need

By Lois Parker Edstrom


A sunflower with seeds intact, a jar of sand, a container of grass.

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Today let’s talk about abundance. Abundance is a word that means you have more than you need. You can think of abundance as being like a bucket overflowing with water or like when you are so happy you get the giggles and they come spilling out.

We see abundance everywhere in what God has created. Can you think of examples?

Stars are a good example. There are more stars in the night sky than we can possibly count or even see.

In the spring a single wildflower is beautiful, but God gives us entire meadows brimming with colorful blossoms.

Have you ever tried to count the seeds in a sunflower? There are many, many, many – an abundance of seeds.

Think about how many grains of sand are on the beach or piled in a sand dune.

Think about how many blades of glass are in your lawn or in a field.

God has provided for us in abundance. An example of abundance is found when we read the miracle of Jesus feeding the multitude – a gathering of over five thousand people.

As you may remember, Jesus and his disciples had been teaching great crowds of people about God’s love. There was nothing for the people to eat except for what one boy had – five loaves of bread and two fish.

Jesus asked that all the people sit down on the grass. After he had blessed the bread and the fish he began giving it to the people. When all the people had eaten and were satisfied, the remaining food was gathered up. It filled twelve baskets. God not only fed each person in the crowd, he provided food in abundance.

Every day let’s enjoy the abundance of God’s creation and remember that each one of us has an abundant supply of God’s love.

Scripture quotations by the World English Bible

Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan