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9th Sunday after Pentecost-Proper 13A Rev. Melanie Lemburg

This week, while on vacation, I read a poem about hope.It reminds me of today’s gospel reading, the story when Jesus feeds over 5, 000 people with a few loaves of bread and some fish. The poem is by a poet named Denise Levertov and it is titled:A Shared Grain of Hope – I have a small grain of hope—one small crystal that gleamsclear colors out of transparency.I need more.I break off a fragmentto send you.Please takethis grain of a grain of hopeso that mine won’t shrink.Please share your fragmentso that yours will grow.Only so, by division,will hope increase,like a clump of irises, which will cease to flowerunless you distributethe clustered roots, unlikely source—clumsy and earth-covered—of grace.[i]Think for a minute about the desperation of the crowds, who follow Jesus to a place that is so remote, where they are so unprepared as to not have brought food for themselves and their families.Think about the disciples, who are at their wits’ end in knowing what to do for and with these pe…

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