Pastor’s Friday Comments (08.30.19)

Let’s do a little thought experiment. If you couldn’t go to the store or bring any more food into the house, how long would it be before you went hungry? 

Start with your refrigerator. That’s where all the perishables are. Drink the milk, fry the eggs, eat the salad (if it’s not already too wilted to consume). Eat all the leftovers in the Corning Ware. Eat everything until all that is left is the ketchup and the mustard and the box of baking soda. If you didn’t do anything else, you might be able to make it a week living off whatever is in the fridge.

Then go to your pantry. This should take you into next month. You probably have an extra jar of peanut butter, half empty boxes of cereal, plenty of cans of vegetables of assorted kinds. You may have to finish off with the jar of pickles someone put up last summer and gifted you with, but you can keep going for a good while just eating what you’ve got in your pantry.

Last, of course, is your freezer (or, in many cases, freezers — the one in your refrigerator and the deep freeze out in the garage). Some of the stuff there may be unidentifiable, but thaw it out and heat it up anyway. Remember, there’s nothing left in the refrigerator or the pantry, so some of it may start to look pretty good. 

And then one day, you’ve run out of food. The refrigerator is empty, the cupboard is bare, the freezer is bereft of anything but ice. You have nothing left to eat in the house. Just let that feeling sink in for a minute.

How long did that take for you to get to that almost unimaginable point? You probably don’t know because you’ve never had to do anything remotely like that. Long before you ran completely out of food, you went to the store and replenished your supplies. You haven’t been hungry more than the empty feeling between lunch and a late dinner.

That is not the experience of many of our neighbors. Somewhere probably within walking distance of your house is someone who has less food than they and their family will need for the next week and they don’t know how they will get more. Some don’t know where they will get their next meal. Their cupboard is literally bare.

In one of the richest countries in the world, in one of the most affluent sections of the United States, there are people in our counties who are food challenged every day. And Norcross Cooperative Ministry, one of our ministry partners, is striving to do all they can to alleviate this inexcusable problem.

We always have the opportunity to help them, but between now and September 29 we can take a giant step toward ensuring that none of our neighbors go hungry. You probably know that we are collecting canned goods to help fill the NCM food closet. You might have brought a few cans, or at least thought about it, but if you need some incentive to do more, then put yourself, for just a moment, in the place of a mother who doesn’t know how she will feed her children.

Do I even need to mention what Jesus would want you to do?