Dec. 11: Feeding the Human Spirit

Every weekday morning, volunteers from Holy Family Church in Omaha, Nebraska, make approximately 900 sack lunches to distribute to the homeless.

According to journalist Lisa Maxson, the lunch program has been running for four years—and the number of lunches required to feed the hungry has continued to increase.  For the program’s participants, the lunches do more than feed the body; they sustain the soul.

Jeremiah Young, who gets free lunches a few times a week, says, “It’s so inspiring to come here each day.  It’s nice to see so many smiling faces…It just shows that good things can come even though you’re at the bottom.”

The volunteers also derive great benefits from their service.  Fran Berg explains, “In Jesus’ name, that’s what we’re supposed to be doing.  We are to take care of the poor and the homeless…Once you do it, you’ll find out it makes you feel as good as it does them.”

Jesus taught that we should always give cheerfully to those in greater need.  Even the smallest gift or effort can work wonders.

Help the weak.  (1 Thessalonians 5:14)

Inspire me to give of myself, Lord.

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