For church-based charities, our goal is more than providing food; our goal is demonstrating Christ’s radical welcome, inviting others into the family of God. One of the most distinctive traits of Christianity is radical welcome—opening our arms to people on any faith journey. The relational work of the church is inviting people who are food insecure to be part of our church, part of our ministry, even leaders of our program.
—Elizabeth Mae Magill, Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers: Growing a Relational Food Ministry (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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Then Jesus said to the person who had invited him, “When you host a lunch or dinner, don’t invite your friends, your brothers and sisters, your relatives, or rich neighbors. If you do, they will invite you in return and that will be your reward. Instead, when you give a banquet, invite the poor, crippled, lame, and blind. And you will be blessed because they can’t repay you. Instead, you will be repaid when the just are resurrected.”
—Luke 14:12-14 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
God is great!
God is good!
Let us thank God for our food.
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Find a food ministry in your area. Visit www.foodpantries.org.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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