When people share their stories with us, we ought to show them respect by taking their stories seriously, listening for their gifts, and asking what they need, knowing that they know more about what they need than we do. I hope every food ministry leader or volunteer will take the time to sit down with those who are food insecure; I hope we all take time to eat with, talk to, and listen to others. As we find God in one another, we come to understand the ways that we are called to create God’s kingdom in the world.
—Elizabeth Mae Magill, Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers: Growing a Relational Food Ministry (Upper Room Books, 2020)
How does listening to others help you truly understand what they need? Join the conversation.
To answer before listening—
that is folly and shame.
—Proverbs 18:13 (NIV)
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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