February 15, 2022
How Quickly We Forget
And do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?
Mark 8:18-19

It’s easy to laugh at the disciples as we recall the well-known story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people. Like Jesus, we shake our heads and wonder: How could they forget such a thing? Silly disciples, we think.

And yet, how often do we forget how God has worked in our lives and find ourselves praying the equivalent of, “but what have you done for me lately?” Silly followers we are too, even with the evidence of God’s love piled around us—baskets and baskets of memories, each telling us a story of God working a miracle of healing or sustenance in us.

It’s time to gather the fragments and remember the unfailing giver.

- Steve Givens

James 1:12-18 • Psalm 94:12-15, 18-19 Mark 8:14-21


February 15, 2022 at 07:26 PM

The Gospel passage started at Mark 8:14, "The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat." *** If the disciples were talking about forgetting to bring enough bread, what else would Jesus be talking about...but about bread? *** Would you expect someone to come into a conversation talking about forgetting to bring enough bread to talk about something completely different? Not me, I can't read minds! Neither can the disciples. *** Why did Jesus bring up leaven of the Pharisees and why was He so harsh on the disciples? ******* I don't know, but I do know if I am talking to Jesus about my problems and He starts to talk about something else, I would relate His 'something else' message as to referring to my problem! Wouldn't you? *** Now I have to learn to LISTEN from His perspectives rather than to HEAR from my perspectives :-) When I don't understand, I have to ask Him, "What exactly are you trying to tell me?" When it doesn't make sense, I have ask Him, "Are we talking about the same thing?" *** I love the dialog and we can laugh together, the four of us, afterwards. Our conversation almost always ends with me saying, "How can I win any argument when there is one of me and Three of You :-)" *** Love You, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit :-) Thank You for putting up with my ignorance and stupidity and ADHD!

February 15, 2022 at 04:15 PM

Silly apostles, indeed, Steve. Always thinking about which one I am. Fumbling Peter, doubting Thomas, it's a constant struggle. Thanks for today's devotion.

February 15, 2022 at 02:34 PM

Blessings to all in the Living Faith community today. Thanks for your insightful comments on my reflection. Today I am grateful for all of you and for so many years of being a part of this important Living Faith ministry. It's beautiful here in St. Louis, so I'm going out to enjoy a brief respite from winter and enjoy the sun! God bless you all.

February 15, 2022 at 11:59 AM

Steve...I knew that was you! Your words made me remember that hearing God's word on Sundays, and that as the week goes on, I sometimes forget them...but, it also reminds me, that I may not remember what I had to eat 3 days ago, but my body was nourished. The same with my soul. God Bless us All, and All who we Love.

Steve Givens
February 15, 2022 at 02:24 PM

Thanks, Pam. This "hard work of gratitude" begins with our awareness. Have a great day.

February 15, 2022 at 10:19 AM


February 15, 2022 at 10:02 AM

Eaten bread is soon forgotten, by being grateful for all we receive whether we perceive things as good or bad helps us to avoid complacency.

February 16, 2022 at 03:40 AM

Hello Steve, I checked online and it’s not in scripture. It looks like it’s an adage or wise old saying. I picked it up from my father, it’s an expression he used.

Steve Givens
February 15, 2022 at 02:26 PM

Amen to that, Patrick. "Eaten bread is soon forgotten" is a wonderful way of thinking about that. Is that your line or a piece of scripture I have forgotten?

February 15, 2022 at 08:54 AM

Good morning LFF, Steve, what a great reminder for all of us today. We all rush about our days, worried about many concerns in our lives. Yet we forget that it is God Himself who will provide all that we need, if we just have faith in His Son. God Bless everyone.

Steve Givens
February 15, 2022 at 02:27 PM

Thanks for this, Bill. Good insights...

February 15, 2022 at 08:38 AM

Amen. Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for this Gospel today. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord Jesus Christ have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen Holy Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, we ask that you release your warrior angels and heavenly hosts. We decry and declare that they would take us off the enemies' radar and scramble the enemies frequencies (airwaves). Your Kingdom must come now. Your will must be done right now, as in the heavens, also on earth. Amen Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Hots- by the power of God - Cast into hell satan and all evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

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February 15, 2022 at 07:52 AM

Steve…spot on. Marko and EM, echoing your sentiments. What will stay with me is “baskets and baskets of memories.” Yet we are frequently in the what have you done for me lately mode. I find myself thinking this with people, too. Help me to love in faith. Continuing to lift Kasya in her journey. Prayers to my son on his school trip to Washington D.C. Please keep him safe and warm.

Steve Givens
February 15, 2022 at 02:30 PM

Thanks for this good comment, Jane, and prayers for your son on his journey.

February 15, 2022 at 08:20 AM

Jane I will keep your son in my prayers this morning and we should not forget Rose and Sam and Kasya. Living faith family I am so grateful for the memories of all the people who have made my life pleasant, God is the reason that they were there. Living faith family I am grateful for all of you guys and your comments and prayers. Please keep the souls in purgatory and the essential workers in your prayers. Ken

February 15, 2022 at 07:34 AM

Thank you Lord for the wondrous miracles you work for me day after day...

February 15, 2022 at 05:31 AM

Thank you for the reminder and the challenge Steve, to never forget the good He has done in my life and in the lives of those around me. He is good, so good to me, every day. Lord open my eyes to the plethora of blessings You place before me today and to thank You for never leaving nor forsaking me.

james waldo callahan jr
February 15, 2022 at 01:27 PM

I find myself saying "Thank you Lord" all day long. God rewards me all day. Even gives me penance which I deserved for all the sins I have committed.

EM 1
February 15, 2022 at 07:19 AM

Amen! Thank you Lord for your goodness in my life. And especially for the times that were not so wonderful but turned out to be blessings in disguise. They came to mind immediately. Open my eyes Lord. Prayers for all.

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