People like Alan—food insecure, alcoholics or addicts, struggling with mental health challenges—have the skills we need for our food ministries. People with felony records, those unable to look others in the eye, people unreliable with their time—all have something to contribute. Opening myself to recognize Alan’s organizational skills led me to understanding that church-based food ministries improve when we engage the people we serve with questions about their strengths and gifts and then listen to their answers. Inviting people to help makes our programs better.
—Elizabeth Mae Magill, Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers: Growing a Relational Food Ministry (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
—1 Corinthians 12:17-18 (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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