It literally haunts me at night to think of anyone sleeping out in the street, cold, lonely, and hungry. It has bothered me since I was a child. I really don’t know why – I don’t remember any situation that connected me to that world. I have come to believe I feel this way because I am supposed to. It is my heavenly nudge to keep me speaking up for those who are as forgotten as they feel.
Were you ever really hungry? Think about it.
Did you ever miss a meal? Too late for supper and it was gone? (that actually happened to me before). I remember being shocked that ALL the food I had prepared was gone so fast – and I even initially laughed about it – followed by being slightly annoyed, but I shook my head, and just made myself a sandwich. THIS does NOT happen out in the streets. If you are hungry, you will probably stay hungry. Period. And at this time of year when food seems at its height of abundance and at its peak of mouthwatering delight, there are people who will NOT have any holiday dinners. Or ANY dinners at all.
Why should we feed the hungry? Well, Jesus TOLD us to. If we offer a cup of cold water (or hot coffee) in HIS name, it is just as if you did it for HIM. It clearly matters SO much to Him, that we do this. We tend to think He would rather us be all religious and do something that seems… well, MORE important, or something that others need to see us do. No. Just no. We have it all backwards.
To represent love, God, humanity – we need to feed the hungry. We need to care for the widow and the orphan. We need to shield the bullied. We need to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. We need to take care of our Veterans of War. We need to be HUMAN. And it starts with feeding the hungry.
“For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed Me. Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? And when did we see You a stranger and welcome You, or naked and clothe You? And when did we see You sick or in prison and visit You?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to Me.'” – Matthew 25:35-40
So go find someone who is hungry and feed them. And then, stop a moment and feel the warm smile of approval from heaven. If you want to be great, you must serve.
Please and thank you. And “God bless us, everyone.”