No, this isn't a running story. I can't do that anymore. This is about the feeding of the five thousand.
Each morning my wife reads an excerpt from the Jesus Storybook Bible to my deaf daughter. Mostly it's reading, but there a pictures and some signing as well. It's appropriate to say the book was written by Sally Lloyd-Jones, although it was written by God via the pens of many different men. Now Sally is not Inspired with a capital "I," but she is inspired. This book is profound and belongs on every book table of old and young alike.
Bible stories for kids are good, I guess. The word of God is powerful and works in unexpected ways. Yet, the idea of just throwing out isolated Bible stories, disconnected from the history of salvation, that starts at Genesis 3, doesn't help children understand what's going on in the big picture. Sally gets that and ties each short story into the whole drama of what God is doing.
So, back to the 5K. Jo was headed for the slopes today and it was my turn to read to Sarah. Today's chapter was the loaves and fishes. Everyone gets fed. There are leftovers and there was this conclusion:
"Well, Jesus did many miracles like this. Things people thought couldn't happen, that weren't natural. But it was the most natural thing in all the world. It's what God had been doing from the beginning, of course. Taking the nothing and making it everything. Taking the emptiness and filling it up. Taking the darkness and making it light."