1 Samuel 17:40, 45, 50a
“Then [David] took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine…‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied’…So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand…”
John 6:8, 11a
“…Andrew…spoke up, ‘Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?’…Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted.”
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
With unlimited, expansive power, O God, you demonstrate the mathematics of your kingdom.
The less you make more; the weak you make strong. You complete your perfect will through us when our share is surrendered insignificance.
Call into service the small handfuls of our lives that we clutch close in fear. Multiply the crumbs and pebbles we offer up for your glory and overwhelm us with radical results.
Our prayers are in Christ, who, in illogical reversal, restrained his all-powerful hands upon a cross to defy death and give us infinite life.
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