October 14, 2020
Fighting Food Insecurity...Together

by Beth Hudson
“The crops failed, and there was no food anywhere in the land.” Genesis 12:10

“How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a sister or brother in need and yet refuses to help?” 1 John 3:17
For me, one of the most unsettling things about these past months has been the news reports of people who have, some for the first time, lined up at food banks because they simply cannot afford to put food on the table. We’ve seen the news footage of long lines of cars filled with people waiting their turn to receive the bag or two of food that will sustain their family for the next week.

Food insecurity, a term I had never heard until the coronavirus hit, is not a new phenomenon in our country. But the pandemic has made this problem explode to proportions that are staggering. So staggering, in fact, that it seems an almost insurmountable problem. Almost…

As Christians, we strive to live lives that reach out to spread light and love, to do good in the world, to donate our time and talent as well as our dollars. When you get a lot of people together doing all that good, great things happen! “But what good can just one person do?” you may ask. “Should I even try?”

As an answer to this question, a very wise woman said that we are not meant to solve all problems on our own…only the little part that is put in our path. I believe Mary Dantzler was exactly right when she wisely told me that!

For me, hunger in our country was something that would not get out of my path. I was and am able to make donations and volunteer time to local food banks. It’s just me – one person. Does that solve the food insecurity of our nation? Not by a long shot. But it is a beginning. There is hope. And together, people of faith committed to generosity and service to those in need, will make a big difference!

I once read that hope is an active task. It takes work. It takes effort. And it only takes one person –and that one person can be you, me and us.  
A prayer from the World Vision website which works to fight hunger.

Good Shepherd, we pray for generosity, cooperation and support for life-saving assistance to people struggling from food insecurity and hunger around the world. Send life-giving rains at just the right time, create good conditions for families to grow food for their survival, and cease conflict so Your children will no longer go to bed hungry each night. Amen.
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