Dr. Sandra Gray – “Conserving the Fragments”
"The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.” – Mark 8:8
Those of us reared by parents who lived through the depression share a common characteristic of that age. Everyone was taught how to conserve. As I reflect over the years at the resourcefulness with which my parents cared for what appeared to be insignificant, their example of stewardship (though perhaps out of necessity) is now humbling. I recall watching my mother gather one small cracker remaining from an entire box and carefully placing it in the container for another day.
In the familiar story of Mark’s gospel, he describes an occasion near the Sea of Galilee, where, following Jesus’ feeding of the multitudes, the disciples gather seven remaining basketfuls. Jesus began with seven loaves of bread and a few fish and multiplied them sufficient to feed 4000 plus women and children. As if this miracle was not enough, the disciples then gathered the broken pieces that were left. I love the metaphor of this story. If He does this with loaves and fishes, how much more will He care for the fragments of our lives and use them for His purposes! Be encouraged by the reality that God stewards all that we are into something beautiful and something good.
… mold me and make me, after Thy will …[i]
- Dr. Sandra Gray President
 from the song “Have Thine Own Way, Lord”