There are many stories in the Bible of giving, however one comes to mind more so today
and this story is not your typical Christmas story. In Mark 6: 30-44 and John 6: 1-15, Jesus and His disciples were being followed by a mass of people yearning to hear the teachings of Christ.
At this particular time, evening was drawing near and the disciples came to Jesus and asked him to instruct the mass of people to leave as they did not have provisions nor money to feed such a crowd. Jesus challenged the disciples to seek out what provisions were available. Andrew reported to Jesus that a young boy had five small barley loaves and two fish to offer.
Jesus accepted the young boy’s offering, gave his blessings on the loaves and fish, then the crowd was fed with 12 baskets left over from what the young boy offered.
During Christmas, even the smallest of gifts and offerings can be used to help many people. God does not look at the
amount of the gift, but rather the source of the gift; that of the heart.
Whether we give money, wrapped gifts, delivering meals to the needy, opening doors for friends and strangers with a smile; Jesus’ face shines through and like the loaves and fish, all gifts will be multiplied.