We are the church of corn……..754 cans of it! We signed up to provide 400 cans of corn for Waxahachie Care Thanksgiving baskets. Corn started coming in boxes, cases, and individual cans. First Christian Day School children saw our stack of corn in the breezeway and began bringing corn to help it grow. Soon, it was a tower that grew and grew! We have provided the corn for both Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets given by Waxahachie Care to those in our community living with food insecurity.
There are lots of reasons people are hungry. Some make choices that lead them into a lack of necessary resources. But what about the working poor? What about people who were born in the wrong place, through no fault of their own, and struggle in the margins to survive? What about children? What about people who never dreamed they would be in need? Two years ago every client in Daniel’s Den, our transitional shelter for homeless women, single mothers, and married couples, had a college degree. For most, events outside their control tipped the scales that threw them into a morass of poverty and struggle.
In Jesus’ day a few people were fabulously wealthy. However, the great majority were very poor. According to Dr. Brandon Scott, one of my professors, forensic anthropologists studying the bones of first century Mediterranean people believe the average calorie intake of a non-elite person was around 900 calories/day…….on a day when they got to eat! Famine was always right around the corner. When Jesus said, “Give us this day our daily bread…” I believe he meant just exactly what he said. We don’t need to spiritualize that statement from the Lord’s Prayer. We need to translate it into action designed to combat hunger!
Our opportunities for helping combat hunger extend to rice and beans for Mike’s Kids – part of Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries sponsored by the North Texas Area Disciple Men. We are also participating in Night of Wonder to provide Christmas needs, including food, for needy families on all 13 of our public school campuses.
We are blessed to be able to share. May God help us see opportunities for sharing that makes a real difference in people’s lives. And may God guide us in growing a culture of generosity that includes strategic political action to combat the economic systems supporting food insecurity on a global scale. Let’s be part of the work that can lead to everyone receiving their daily bread!
Rev. Marcia Hagee
She graduated from Duke University and the University of Missouri-Columbia studying Psychology and Religion. She earned her M. Div at Phillips Theological Seminary and was ordained by the Oklahoma Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).