…and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. — Matthew 25:35-36
My church heeds God’s call to aid the poor and hosts a Dare to Care food bank once a week. (Deuteronomy 15:7 — If there is a poor man among you, one of your brothers, in any of the towns of the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand to your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.) Today Squirmy and I decided to show up and see how we could help. First of all, the food book didn’t really need our help — they run the place very efficiently. However, Squirmy and I stuck our noses in anyway. He helped out by sitting there, looking cute, and taking a nap. I helped out by unloading some boxes and praying with people.
Listening to these people’s stories really makes you reflect on your life and examine your blessings. I complain about how we lack money and how much I sometimes hate my job, but the truth is I have a job and my bills are getting paid. Today I talked to people who had been out of work for over a year and had no idea how they were going to pay the electric bill. They come into the food bank to get a month’s worth of food (which might last them 2 weeks if they really push it) and some solace. We are only human and can’t offer much solace, if any, but we do have the blood of Jesus Christ over us, so we do what we can. We offer some food and a prayer. Thankfully, I also talked to people (often the same ones) who have had answered prayers. One woman had a rare disease, but after getting prayer she went into remission and is still there. Her marriage was also healed after getting prayer. Another family is in dire straights, but they have faith in Christ so they are still smiling and enjoying life. When you stop, step back, and really look at God’s “Big Picture,” it’s amazing and inspiring to see how he works.
I am unable to feel superior to these people because I am one paycheck away from being right beside them. So to those people (and to you, if you’ve ever experienced similar troubles or have visited a food bank), I say, “Go read Luke 6:20-21.” (Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.)