I’m guilty of something.
I’m guilty of being selfish. And blind.
Statistics from my region of the state tell me that there are needy people all around. A recent study showed that 1 in 7 people in our area are in need of food. And to make matters worse, 1 in 5 children go to bed hungry every night.
I don’t see it in my church, my office or among my friends. But I’m obviously not looking hard enough.
We are commanded to help others- to assist our brothers and sisters in times of need. But if we aren’t seeking them out, we can go about our days with blinders on.
“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.” Deuteronomy 15:7-8
But there are ways to create a new sense of awareness. Call your church office to inquire about families with food insecurities. Local food pantries are always looking for donations of food or cash. Elementary, middle or high schools can use your help with backpack programs.
We need to engage to fight hunger in our communities. God commands it.
My prayer this week is to seek out those around me who need help. I want to be more aware of opportunities to financially help others who are struggling.
And let me know how to pray for you.