8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.Philippians 4:8-9
A lot of folks walked in through those doors to get food they wouldn't have access to anywhere else. I was saddened by just how many I saw, for it implies that there is real hunger out there, an uncertainty of where one's next meal might come from.
But then, I found some joy in that moment, not that people in need were being fed, but rather because a community surrounds the hungry in this town and loves them enough to donate that food. We live in a town that helps to sate a need, a need that would otherwise go unmet.
And so on this day before Thanksgiving, I am thankful that we at St. Paul's are putting into practice the will of God who commands us to lift up the poor and love them. Our boxes of cereal that we donate each week really do go to good use. Those Cheerio's become some child's breakfast; a man's meal before he leaves the house to search for work; a woman's sustenance before she heads off to one of her jobs.
While we fight against poverty everyday, it is also good to give thanks for living in a caring town that gives so generously to those in need. It is good to think about such praiseworthy things.
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Peace to you and thank you for your gifts,