A friend with three daughters was sharing her perspective on hunger recently. Although both she and her husband work, their pay is insufficient to be able to count on food three times a day every day. She has taught her children to smile and be active, regardless of whether they have eaten that day or not. No doubt, this is a lesson she learned from her mother, who seldom sits down even in church!
I don’t know about you, but if I choose to fast as a spiritual discipline, I find it difficult to cheerfully make it through a regular day of physical work as my energy starts to wane as the day progresses. Matthew 6:16-18 talks of fasting and not showing to the world that you are doing so, so as to not reap the human reward, rather the spiritual reward God has to offer us. For most of us in the US, an optional fast is the closest to hunger that we come. Here, the non-optional fast is a reality for many families in my community. Yet many of them truly carry out Jesus’ teaching to gain God’s spiritual rewards rather than the human sympathy. I continue to learn so much from my friends here.
Please pray for families here who are in need, be it economical, health, relational or spiritual. Thank you for your prayers and support for this ministry!