Susie, John Calvin has something to offer us! Who knew? This week's lectionary is the Johannine feeding of the 5,000.
Now, though we do not every day see miracles before our eyes, yet not less beautifully does God display his power in feeding us. And indeed we do not read that, when he wished to give a supper to his people, he used any new means; and, therefore, it would be an inconsiderate prayer, if any one were to ask that meat and drink might be given to him by some unusual method.
And this is what I have been thinking about in terms of Lebanon and any other crisis in which we may find ourselves...private or public. Sometimes we want the magical and not the miraculous. The miraculous is, according to Calvin, beneficent and commonplace. It is de poissons sans sausse (fish without sauce).