I recently heard a sermon by Bishop T.D. Jakes; senior pastor of The Potter’s House and ranked among the 25 Most Influential African Americans. Bishop Jakes shared an interpretation of the familiar story of how Jesus fed five thousand after a young boy offers five loaves of bread and two fishes.
The first thing Jesus did was to BLESS that which was not enough. Until we can be thankful when something is not enough, than what we do have cannot be multiplied into that which is more than enough. Jesus only had five loaves of bread and two fishes when he blessed them. When he BROKE the bread is when we lose count of the bounty. The blessing is in the breaking. Bishop Jakes said that what refuses to be broken refuses to be blessed.
It is the breaking of life that produces the blessing of life. I thought a lot about his comment that the most blessed people are those who have gone through something that broke them. All of us, no matter what are faith traditions, have been broken at some time in our lives. Many of us can look back and know that God was with us in our darkness and that the blessings of life multiplied in so many ways.