This is the day I help relieve hunger in our city. Our church is located downtown, so we are at the heart of our community. A heart must feel and beat for the ones who live near it, not just for the ones who attend it. It’s about time to shop again, as our cupboards are getting bare. This is both good and bad news: we’re relieving needs, but not changing the system which keeps people poor.
Some of that is human indifference and weakness: if your spouse runs off with the kids because you get a dread disease diagnosis, we most likely can’t change this. We can be there for the one left behind. It’s not just food we hand out, but prayers, consolations, and a steady presence in people’s uncertain lives.
If you’re stressed and struggling in your own life today, stop and think of the ones on the margins of our society. Find a way to be a constructive help in their lives. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities waiting for everyone.
“Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, “Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.” ~~ Deuteronomy 15:11