Day 86: Joshua 22–24, Psalm 72, John 6 – The Very Rev. Mark Pendleton

Joshua 22–24, Psalm 72, John 6
“Enough!” What a powerful word, which can be used in all kinds of ways. I use it when I
am at the end of my rope and have exhausted all of the patience that God has given me
to handle a situation, calm down an unhappy camper, or rein in a headstrong teenager.
“No more!” You have exceeded your limit, and it is time to call off the charge.
When an elderly Joshua reminded the people of all that the Lord God had done for
them, and how each tribe had been allotted an inheritance of land, one can only
imagine that the knowledge of such good fortune should have been enough to ensure
their faithfulness and obedience. But we know that even having all the land in sight
was not enough to keep the people on track. In his final farewell to his people, Joshua
sensed the uncertainty of the future: “Be very careful, therefore, to love the Lord your
God” (Joshua 23:11).
In John 6, Philip said that six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for the vast
crowd of some five thousand people that was amassing to listen to Jesus.
When is enough ever enough? Enough insurance to protect what we own and the lives
of those we hold dear? Enough patience and grace to make it through a day without
blowing our stack at innocent people who simply find themselves between us and
where we want to go? Enough abundance to make sure no one goes hungry in our
nation and world?
Perhaps the only way one can know when enough is truly enough is if there is something
left over for others. Food for the hungry. A decent job for the unemployed. A home for
the homeless.
The Very Rev. Mark Pendleton
Dean of Christ Church Cathedral
Hartford, Connecticut
QUESTION
In John’s telling of the feeding of the
five thousand, the boy with the five
loaves of bread and the two fish is the
hero of the moment. His preparedness
and free offering of what he had led to
a multiplication and sharing beyond his
imagining. Can you think of a time in your
own life when what seemed like too little
turned out to be more than enough?
PRAYER
To the God of abundance, plenty, and
overflowing mercy, grant us moments
when our desire for enough is tied less to
the things that rust and wither and more to
having enough faith in you to trust through
the good times and bad times. May your
son Jesus, who made much out of little, be
always enough to draw us more deeply into
your heart. Amen.