Feeding The Hungry

June 16, 2017
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Luke 1:53 – He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. (NIV)

Few verses reach me as deeply and as often as this one today. Most of us in the rich "first world" countries are well fed, but God says that the rich may well be sent away empty. Ouch, that hurts, for unavoidably, though we are not as rich as some, we are better off than most of the world, and very well cared for.

One recent Sunday, we had a special speaker at our church sharing with us the work being done by World Vision. We heard of the devastating famine ravaging South Sudan and saw pictures of people famished and vulnerable. The look on their faces is blank — nothing is happening in their lives that would make them smile. Their whole country is so hot that the land is drying up, and nothing can grow in the fields. We heard of many families starving. They need help.

Here in Canada, it's raining a lot, but not yet stopping farmers from growing fruits and vegetables. But what is coming? We trust the Lord to help us. We need to reach out to those who have very little or nothing to eat.

2 Corinthians 8:14-15 – At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, as it is written: "The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little." (NIV 2011)

As we age, we may feel that we are needy, but we still need to share what we have with those without, both here at home and overseas through operations like World Vision.

As you read God's Word for us today, who do you know who is suffering, from either lack of food or support from friends and family? We are a needy people, but our need reminds us that people in need overseas are starving and very unhappy as they grow weaker and weaker, needing something to eat, or waiting for the Lord to take them home. Let's pray for them and find ways to help the poor and the needy, as the Lord has said.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, our Saviour and our God, help us to see clearly what is happening in the world around us, as many are suffering and starving. Yes, we can help, so we offer ourselves and our church groups to reach out to the poor and needy as You have told us to do. We know that You will also share Your love with them and with us as we reach out and give away our money and food. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Iris Ford

1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Great challenge Iris. Thanks for writing.

    Good reminder Iris. Thank-you. As media attention fades so does our help for far flung people. Out of sight out of mind, as our focus is distracted elsewhere.

    I was disappointed that you did not mention our own PWS&D. Yes, others like World Vision may do good works, but how much of the money that is given to them goes for administration? Plus – if we give to PWS&D, in many cases, the money is matched by our government, therefore making it work harder.

    Dear Iris
    Thank you for sharing the truth. Just imagine, if the millions of people gave $1 each towards an organization that helps the unfortunate … millions of dollars can do a lot. We who have an abundance, need to share our resources. May God create in us the desire to help others who are less fortunate. I see it happening in various places already, thanks be to God.

    Hi Iris,
    Good to see one of your writings again. I was wondering if you had moved to the “Care Facility” As I recall you were waiting to move.
    I have been reading up a bit on the famines in different places. It is just awful, some caused, as you mentioned, by weather conditions and others by man-made disasters such as wars and uprisings. There seems to be no end to it.
    Thank you for writing.

    We’re blessed to be a blessing.
    Good reminder, Iris.

    Thank you, once again, Iris. After a car accident, I too have become ‘needy’. However, it was good to be reminded by you of others whose needs are much greater than ours. I have gained weight due to inability to move much, and overeating, and needed your reminder that our brothers and sisters need these food basics that we take for granted. So I will afford, going forward, that excess grocery amount to the line on my weekly church donation for ‘sharing’. Bless you.

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