There is a lad here, which hath five barely loaves, and two small fishes: but hat are they among so many. (John 6:9)

Nightly, Mom systematically prepared our next day's sack lunches for school. She lines up carefully counted slices of bread for five children and filled them with a variety of ingredients. Sometimes it was the economical peanut butter and jelly.

On other occasions, she chose from lunchmeats of bologna, olive loaf, pastrami, ham or liverwurst. She knew that 'variety is the spice of life.' Among my favorites were peanut butter and bacon, egg and olive salad and bacon, lettuce and tomato.

After finishing making our sandwiches, Mom cut them diagonally and sealed them in wax paper. She placed them in the bottom of brown lunch bags and proceeded to add fruitful snacks of boxed raisins, apples, bananas, orange or tangerine sections before securely closing the bag with neat folds. She did this service out of love.

And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for we serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)

Father, teach me to serve you and others sacrificially and willingly. In Jesus name, Amen.


Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth’s The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Tyndale Publishers.