The difference between food secure people with addictions and food insecure people with addictions is money. When we say we shouldn’t give a person a fish but teach him or her to fish, we presume that the person doesn’t already know how to fish. When we try to “fix” or transform the persons who come to our food ministries, we presume that they are damaged and need to be fixed. Yet it’s not the damage but the poverty that causes food insecurity. The systems that cause poverty are what need fixing—not the people.
—Elizabeth Mae Magill, Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers: Growing a Relational Food Ministry (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.
—James 3:13 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Help me see Jesus in those around me. Help me see that Jesus is present among all people, including those who lack food, drink, and clothing and those who are strangers, sick, and imprisoned.
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Trinity Sunday (May 30)
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