Whenever I find myself thinking that I am an expert on poverty or that people who are poor need my knowledge, I remember that Jesus has more wisdom than I do. Imagine how our relationships with people who are food insecure would change if we assumed they have skills, knowledge, and a particular approach to the world. We must remind ourselves that Jesus is in every person we serve.
—Elizabeth Mae Magill, Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers: Growing a Relational Food Ministry (Upper Room Books, 2020)
How would your ministry change if you assumed those you serve have been equipped with gifts to offer? Join the conversation.
Are any of you wise and understanding? Show that your actions are good with a humble lifestyle that comes from wisdom.
—James 3:13 (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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