Sunday, October 27, 2013

Papa Simpson on the miraculous

"Do you still not understand?  Don't you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?  Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?  How is it that you don't understand that I was not talking to you about bread?  But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."  -Jesus (Matthew 16:9-11) 

We've got to understand and we must remember.  

Thankfully, Papa Simpson of Papa Simpson's Farms in Arcadia, Louisiana reminded me and Anna Grace's third grade class this week.  

Papa Simpson himself educated the kids on a wide variety of topics ranging from the merits of whole milk to germination to the digestive system of cows but most notably, he touched upon a very important reminder of the Lord and His provision. 

He had the kids plant a kernel of corn...

And then he preached a timely sermonette on the everyday miracle that is corn planted.  One kernel can yield a plant that bears ears and ears of corn- approximately 800 kernels in 16 rows- and it is the Lord that has set this common miracle into motion.  

We are to do as Jesus did- to humbly give thanks for what we have, to offer it up, and to let God do the miracle-work of multiplying it. 

Even when what we have seems so small and so very insufficient, when grateful hearts give thanks (eucharisteo!) and offer up that small thing over to the Lord (who gave it in the first place), miracles happen.

"Wilbur the pig is awesome!" -Anna Grace

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