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Hunger Pangs: Lenten Devotions

Wednesday, April 6

Yesterday I walked out of the house without eating breakfast. This isn’t out of the ordinary, as I usually eat while I’m driving, or when I get to work. Yet instead of coming to work, I went to take a test for admittance into a fellowship program. As I took this test, the hunger set in, and I could not concentrate. All I could think about was the granola bar, yogurt, and banana I had in my purse—things I would eat as soon as I was done.

Yesterday I experienced what many children in the United States experience every day as they head to school—they are hungry and cannot focus on anything but the hunger pangs they feel. Yesterday I got it, not because I read the facts, not because I researched the statistics, but because I lived it. The only difference between me and these children was that my hunger could be satisfied by opening my purse and pouring out its contents or opening my fridge when I got home. For many children and adults, there might be a fridge, but it’s empty.

What are we doing to meet the needs of children like these? How are we helping to alleviate hunger and poverty around the globe? Such reflection is perfect during Lent, where God desires that we “loose the bonds of injustice, undo the thongs of the yoke, let the oppressed go free, break every yoke and share our bread with the hungry” (Isaiah 58:6-7).

The opportunities to lend our hands and our voices to satisfy the needs of the hurting abound. We can volunteer at soup kitchens in our neighborhood, we can give food to those who are homeless, we can support a child in a foreign country, we can write letters to our members of Congress, urging them to sponsor legislation in favor of hungry and poor people. We can even donate our time, our talent, and our treasure. The only thing we cannot do is do nothing.

Ebony Adedayo is former Upper Midwest and Plains administrative assistant for Bread for the World.


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