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{{Today is Friday!!!  It is the day I link with Lisa Jo Baker for Five Minute Friday. Here is how it works…. One word prompt. Five minutes. No editing. Lots of women. Everyone writes on the same word.}}

Today’s word is …. Crowd.

To feel like one of the crowd is a feeling of insignificance. Of being unnoticed. When a person is just one in a crowd, the feeling is being a number, of unimportance. It is not an encouraging or affirming way to think regarding oneself. We all want to belong, to feel that we matter or make a difference for having been present.

In reading the Gospels this Lent season, I have been so impressed with Jesus and the way He managed “the crowds”. There are two times, recorded for us, in which Jesus has a crowd listening to him when it becomes late in the day. Aware of their need for supper, Jesus tells His disciples to feed them. I love their reply, “Are you serious?”

But Jesus was indeed serious.

In Mark, we are told that Jesus even arranged them in groups of fifty, like a patchwork quilt (I was reading in The Message yesterday). Jesus organized them in group sizes which would be manageable. This morning seeing the word prompt, I cannot help but wonder…. was it so no person in the crowd would be missed? If there were no organization and the disciples walked around to distribute the food to the masses, it would be easy to overlook the one. But the crowd mattered to Jesus.

Scripture tells us, “They all ate their fill.”


Each one.

Even in the crowd, He sees the one.

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