Monday, June 30, 2008

Proper 13 Ordinary 18 Pentecost 12 A (August 3): More Than Enough

Bible Readings: Genesis 32:22-31, Psalm 17:1-7, 15, Romans 9:1-5, Matthew 14:13-21
Theme: More Than Enough

About the image:
My photo taken at the back of our place at Mason's Bay, part of Lake Victoria in the Gippsland Lakes, Victoria, Australia.

Listening Song: From a Distance
by Bette Midler on her album, Some People's Lives (pictured at left). Compare this song's idea of God with the gospel reading's idea of God. They are very different.

Listening Song: Wake Up Dead Man
By U2 on their album, Pop. (For the Genesis reading)

Listening Song:Peace on Earth
By U2 on their album, All That You can't Leave Behind.
(For the Genesis reading)

Drama: The Feeding of the Twenty Five
Found in Mega Drama 2 by Verena Johnson, Open Book, 2001, ISBN 085910916, page 74 (pictured in an earlier post).

Story: Here, Take What You Need!"

Found in Pulpit Resouces, August 4th, 2002 by William H. Willimon

Story: Love and the Cabbie

Found in
More Hot Illustrations for Youth by Wayne Rice, Zondervan, 1995, ISBN 0310207861, page 111(pictured in an earlier blog).

Poem: Oversupply

By Bruce Prewer and found at


Anonymous said...

Thanks for your comment about Bette Midler and her song From a Distance. The gospel reading makes it clear. God is present, not at a distance, to reach out and catch us when we call out, "Lord, save me!"

I picked up this link off of

David Mays said...

Thanks for pointing out Bette Midler's song From a Distance. I think there are a lot of people who feel like the words of her song. However, our passage states that God is much closer. God is close enough to save us when we call out "Lord, save me!".

Like someone who is learning to ride a bicycle. The trainer is close enough yet gives room to be free. We must be free to stretch out to become the person God created us to be. Yet still there to save us when we are sinking.