Thursday, June 26, 2008

Food Crisis

Yesterday, was a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Compassion International and the Global Food Crisis.

You know, I complain every week after I go buy groceries. I am definitely spending more than I used to and have even joked that because of this new high grocery bill, I am unable to buy more shoes and flowers for my garden. Hubby gives me a budget each week to spend how I choose but groceries are to come out of it. So, the less I spend on food - the more fun stuff I get to buy. I am finding myself spending less money on fun stuff and more on food. And I would not be being honest if I didn't tell you that it bugs me. Now before you go believing my family is living on bologna and dandelions and I am running around in a cute new pair of wedge sandals, you must know that I love to cook healthy and my family eats just fine.

On a very serious and real note, though - Yesterday, caused me to stop and really think about how the cost of food is rising and how completely overwhelming this must feel to so many people around the world.

A couple months ago, our pastor and a team from church went to the Central African Republic. He shares a story of a family that had only a root for a meal one night. Last night, as I prepared dinner for my family and was cleaning a rather large sweet potato, I was reminded of this story. I just stopped and stared at this root vegetable and thought, what if this was it? What if I had to find a way to feed my family of 4 on this vegetable only and what if it was not just for today, but for a couple days.

It is really beyond my comprehension. I had in my hand more than we needed and others have nothing. Why is it so unbalanced? Why can't governments just feed their people? Why even in a country as rich as the US are families struggling to find a good meal?

Since I will most likely not ever understand or even know this side of heaven the answers to those questions, I just have to do what I can to help.

So, I prayed. I prayed as I cooked my family dinner that another family would be be blessed with food to fill their bellies. I prayed that my kids would always appreciate the meals that are set in front of them. In a day and age where parents are making 2 and 3 meals a night just to please their kids palates, I think this prayer is a big one. But I won't even get started on that soapbox.

You can keep praying today and you can donate to help with this global food crisis right here if you want.

And if that isn't possible for you, then clean out your pantry. Look for food that you bought but has been sitting there for months and take it to your local food pantry.

Okay, enough of me telling you what to do - just do what your heart tells you to do.
Now back to our regularly scheduled nonsense on this blog.


Kristin said...

So true, Janel. What a blessing that most of us will never know what it means to be hungry. It's something that we should all remind ourselves of more often.

Dawn Ward said...

I so hear you on this one, Janel. I ask the same questions but don't have any answers.

Thank you for the reminder that we don't know what it is like to truly be hungry.

May I be ever mindful of this and grateful for what I have and teach my daughter to do the same.

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