The faces of the hungry come from families, children, the elderly, homebound, our military families, the homeless, the poor, the needy.
The Sheep and the Goats
31-33“When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, putting sheep to his right and goats to his left.
34-36“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’
37-40“Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’
41-43“Then he will turn to the ‘goats,’ the ones on his left, and say, ‘Get out, worthless goats! You’re good for nothing but the fires of hell. And why? Because—
I was hungry and you gave me no meal,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
I was homeless and you gave me no bed,
I was shivering and you gave me no clothes,
Sick and in prison, and you never visited.’
44“Then those ‘goats’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn’t help?’
45“He will answer them, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.’
46“Then those ‘goats’ will be herded to their eternal doom, but the ‘sheep’ to their eternal reward.”
Are we sheep or goats?
I want to be a sheep!
I don’t want to overlook anyone. Do you?
Did you know …
that 1 in 4 people in SW Virginia struggle with hunger?
Food banks have seen a request increase of 30% this year alone?
I am talking about the United States of America. NOT Africa, or Mongolia, but the great USA!
You know I have been accused of trying to save the world all of my life. I have been told by friends that I will never be able to save the world. It has been implied to me, “why bother? The need is too great, there is too much to do, you can’t do it all.” When I was younger all my friends were in need of something. One of my best friends was physically abused, another ran away, and many others came from divorced families. I was always picking up the “lost” and “lonely.” I can’t help it. This is how God made me and I know I can’t save the world. That’s up to God. But you know what? I can do everything I know how to raise the level of awareness of the needs around us. One of those needs is in every community in America. That need is FOOD. When are we going to stop being blinded by our own selfishness? Myself included. Last week I cleaned out my refrigerator and threw out a lot of leftovers. How do I stop wasting food? Do you know that AMERICANS waste 96 BILLION pounds of food ANNUALLY?????
In Washington DC alone 1 in every 3 seniors is at risk of hunger. Washington DC ranks #3 for having the highest poverty rate for people over 65.
There are seniors who are choosing between food and medicine. My eyes were recently opened to this fact. There are seniors who are sitting in thier homes with no one to talk to, no one to call, no one to help,and no food to eat. I am not making this up. I was slapped in the face with the cold hard truth of it all. It is appalling to think that a senior is living at home with nothing to eat or no one to help. It is confounding to me how some families show such disregard for thier senior family members.
Then there are the children…
In the nation’s capitol 1 in 2 children under the age of 18 are at risk of hunger.
1 in 2!
One half of the kids who live in DC live below the poverty level.
There is hunger right here in Carroll County. Yes, kids are going hungry everyday. If it weren’t for the free lunch program at school, some of these kids would never get a decent meal. What do they do when they aren’t in school and can’t get a free lunch? They go hungry! It is hard to imagine, isn’t it? There are kids who go home on Friday and do not eat all weekend long. Why? Because there’s no food in the cupboard. This is reality for these kids. We, who have, don’t have a clue. One day, our own reality could change. Our jobs could be gone, the money could disappear and we could be hungry just like those who are today. It is up to us, those who have, to take care of those who don’t have. Jesus commands us to do this. He doesn’t say do it once, or twice, just to DO IT. How?
Take some food to your local food pantry today!
Make a monetary donation to a food bank or a mission benevolent fund at your local church.
Extend an open hand and just watch God work!
Find out who needs some groceries and take them a few bags.
Oh, I know what you are saying…but this person has taken advantage of the system, and that person works but spends thier money unwisely…on gambling, drugs, booze, whatever. Why are they doing these things? Are thier basic needs being met? Are they loved? Can they even feel love? Are we supposed to judge? No! We are supposed to forgive each others debts…not once or twice but 7 times 70 ( matthew 18: 21-35) We are supposed to forgive unconditionally. Just as we are forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ. God extends this mercy to every person on earth, and we are to do the same. There are no limitations or guidelines on it. It is FREE! Why do we put limits on what God can do? We serve a HUGE God. Nothing is impossible with Him by our side. All He asks is that we willingly receive this free gift. We must do so with an open heart and palms opened wide that face upward because nothing can enter a closed fisted heart or hand.
Think about Jesus on the cross…he was laid open by the lashes from the whips of man. By man who wanted to limit what He could do because they didn’t believe who He was or what he could do. Jesus didn’t set out to prove anything to anyone, but to be an obedient servant of God. He willingly laid himself out for all to see, for all to witness, to hear, to feel and to tell. Just as His palms were wounded and bloodied for the world to see, His life was a testament that we serve a God who is without limitations. A God who blew His breath into a clump of mud and formed a man. A living, breathing, intelligent human being. A God who created the heavens, stars, and galaxies. A God with no limits. I don’t know how we will overcome hunger, I just know that with GOD we can do anything.
So, let’s get to work!
( all pictures courtesy of the internet)