As we enter this week of Thanksgiving, I am reminded to think of those that are much less fortunate. I have often thought that when it comes to matters of caring for the poor and the least of these, we could sure learn a lot from Bono. Below are just a few quotes to reflect on this week.
Look, whatever thoughts you have about God, who He is or if He exists, most will agree that if there is a God, He has a special place for the poor. In fact, the poor are where God lives.
I mean, God may well be with us in our mansions on the hill… I hope so. He may well be with us as in all manner of controversial stuff… maybe, maybe not… But the one thing we can all agree, all faiths and ideologies, is that God is with the vulnerable and poor.
God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house… God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives… God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war… God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them. “If you remove the yolk from your midst, the pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness, and if you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom with become like midday and the Lord will continually guide you and satisfy your desire in scorched places”
It’s not a coincidence that in the Scriptures, poverty is mentioned more than 2,100 times. It’s not an accident. That’s a lot of air time, 2,100 mentions. [You know, the only time Christ is judgmental is on the subject of the poor.] ‘As you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.’ (Matthew 25:40). As I say, good news to the poor.
For a donation of $39 you can feed and care for 19 people through Faith Mission in Columbus, Ohio (HERE)
Hope begins with a meal and if you can pledge to give $39 each month for two months, you could help changes the lives of 38 hungry people (HERE)
A $5 donation via cell phone to the Mid Ohio Food Bank feeds a local family for a day.
For every $1 given to the Mid Ohio Food Bank, $8 of groceries are provided to a needy local family.(HERE)