July 19

2 Kings 4:42-44

“A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, ‘Give it to the people and let them eat.’” vs. 42

The giving of first fruits is standard practice for all those who have been touched by the Light of Christ. It’s a recognition that everything we have comes from God and is intended to be shared and not hoarded. That’s why offerings are a regular part of our worship, not as an obligation, but as an act of thanksgiving. They are an opportunity for not only supporting the mission of our congregations, but also a chance for us to reach out to the hungry of our world. It would seem that in a time of plenty there would be no hunger, but that’s not how it works. The changing climate coupled with the mass migrations of people fleeing oppression means that millions of folks need our attention and care. Most of us are connected in some way to agencies and organizations that are distributing food all across the globe, and those efforts need our regular and generous support. We have been showered with plenty, more than we can possibly use for our own needs. When we combine our gifts as communities of faith, it’s stunning the impact that we can have. The word of the Lord is clear–give to the people and let them eat!

Thought for the Day: What can I do to feed the hungry?

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