Day 26

     Maybe it’s my southern roots, but food and love are closely related in my heart. 

Today, your task is to contact your church and find out who would benefit from a meal delivery. The follow-up to this task is to actually deliver the meal, but I understand if it is difficult to find someone who can receive a meal the same day you ask about delivering one. The point is, find the person and deliver a meal to them within a week or so. 

     The reason I am encouraging you to contact your church office is to keep you from offering a meal exclusively to your friends. Don’t get me wrong, giving food to friends is just fine, but the church office will know who NEEDS a meal. 

     If you are well connected in your church, you may also be able to identify someone yourself. In my church, we currently have families that have experienced the loss of a loved one, new parents, soon-to-be parents, people struggling to pay the bills, and people with successes to celebrate. Any and all of those examples are good reasons to deliver a meal. 

     Don’t feel discouraged if you don’t cook. Many people are thrilled to have food from a restaurant or even delivered by DoorDash [not a sponsor… yet]. The point is for them to know that you care for them, have seen them, and have taken action on their behalf. 

     There are some people in my church particularly gifted in meal deliveries. As someone who has been on the receiving end of their generosity, I can testify to the unity that I felt with my entire church as a result of a few meals at the right times.       On the other hand, as someone who has grown in my love for feeding people, I have found greater care and concern for the day-to-day life experiences of the people in my church. I have discovered that if I want to be connected to the church as an entity, that will only happen through individual relationships. Feeding the people who need food, comfort, or who are celebrating has been a fuel to these relationships. It is a tangible representation of the camaraderie that I feel for them. It is an action that speaks louder than words. So go and be loud today!

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