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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: PICNIC - deadline 7-12-12 @ 9:59 AM NY Time (07/05/12)

TITLE: Lunch is for Sharing
By Lois Farrow


“Reuben, don’t run off without your lunch,” Miriam called. “It might be a long day, and you’ll be hungry.” She grabbed her son and thrust a few small loaves of bread into his shoulder bag.

“Thanks, Mum,” he raised his cheek for a quick peck, then flew out the door, snatching up a couple of dried fish as he passed the kitchen table.

“Stay close to your sister,” his mother called after him, but he was gone, eager to join the crowd to catch the Teacher and hear what he had to say today. This man called Jesus was bringing startling news, telling them all sorts of things about the Kingdom of God and how to live in it. Reuben didn’t understand everything he heard, but the excitement was contagious and he joined the growing crowd who were following Jesus.

He caught up with Rachel and together they hurried up and over the hill, but something was wrong. Instead of the crowd they were expecting, the people were disappearing in the distance.

“What’s happening?” asked Rachel when they caught up with a man leading a donkey.

“Jesus and his followers are in that boat out there,” was the answer. They could see the boat out in the middle of the lake going away from them. “The people are going to go around the lake and catch up with him on the other side.”

Rachel and Reuben looked at each other. They knew if they followed they would be very late home, and Mum might not like that. Today, though, they had the time to follow, another day they would be busy with their chores and not able to go. They began to run.

A steady jog took them around the top of the lake, up and down over the rolling hills. Soon they joined in with others who were streaming from all the little villages, all heading in the same direction. People were eager to hear this radical teacher.

At last they got to where they could see Jesus.

“Edge a bit closer,” whispered Reuben. “When we get settled I’ll share my lunch with you and we’ll have our picnic while we are listening.” They strained to hear the mesmerising words. Jesus was talking about a farmer who went out to sow his seed. Reuben and Rachel could understand that, they helped their father to sow his seed every year. Jesus went on to talk about many other things.

Soon the sun was getting low in the sky and they were still listening, everything else forgotten in the excitement. Sometimes Jesus paused, and people around them discussed what he had just been saying. When he spoke, people listened again. The people were spread over the hill side and Jesus’ words travelled to them clearly.

What was happening now? Jesus was having a discussion with his followers and some of them were not happy. A man came along the row where Reuben was sitting calling “Does anyone have any food? How are we going to feed all these people?”

Reuben remembered the loaves and two little fish in his bag; he had forgotten all about them. He hesitated as he suddenly felt hungry, but then the man came by again.

“You can have mine,” Reuben said, “It’s not much, but it might help.”

“Thanks, sonny,” the man said, and took his lunch away.

“Now you’ve done it,” said Rachel. “Now we’ve got nothing.”

“Never mind,” said Reuben. “These other people are hungrier than us; we’ve got more at home.”

Before they could get up to leave, they saw the man coming back with big baskets full of food. How did that happen?

“Plenty for everyone,” he was calling. “A little boy gave us his lunch, Jesus blessed it, and now there is plenty for everyone.”

Reuben couldn’t believe his ears. This was mine, he thought. I gave it away and now it can feed everyone. They ate their fill, and then headed home.

“Race you,” he shouted back to Rachel who was trying to keep up. “I can’t wait to tell Mum what happened when I gave away my lunch.”

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Myrna Noyes07/12/12
I enjoyed viewing this familiar Bible story from the perspective of the boy who shared his lunch with with Jesus and the crowd. It's fun to imagine how these rather obscure characters felt and what they thought when in Jesus' presence. I think your story would be nice to share with some children you know!
C D Swanson 07/13/12
This was so clever and so right on topic. What a great way to get across such a fantastic message of Jesus feeding the multitudes through a child's eyes. Great job. I loved this whole piece. I can see this in a children's Christian magazine.

God bless~
Mildred Sheldon07/14/12
This was fantastic. I loved the feeding of 5000 as told by the child. It truly was one of the finest picnics ever.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/17/12
You did a wonderful job of bringing this story to life. I've read several fish and bread stories this week but I especially enjoyed seeing it from the boy's POV. I'd never thought that the boy might hesitate to share because he himself was hungry. This aspect makes the story even more miraculous as humans can te3nd to be greedy. I love the message you told and it's so often truer than we can imagine. If we live for Jesus the return is three-fold in that we are serving God, others and then last ourselves.When we do something for another then that person feels good and so do we. But if we do something for ourselves only we feel better. The true answer is do it for God and God, others and ourselves will all be blessed. I love how you really demonstrated that message by first the boy grabbing the lunch for himself then offering to share with Rebecca but in the end by serving Jesus he helped more people than he could ever imagine. Even today the boy's unselfishness is blessing people. Brilliant job.
C D Swanson 07/19/12
Congratulations! God bless~
Myrna Noyes07/20/12
Congratulations on your level win! :)