From Inside the Collar
"What is it?" Not your children's response to vegetables: "What is that?!", but the Israelites' response to being given bread from heaven. After being rescued, they complained, unceasingly. God gave them bread, quail, water, direction, leadership, Law... God gives, we complain. God gives, we don't recognize the gift.
Tempted to sneer at their foolishness? Slow up there, Tex. I don't know about you, but I do this all the time! It may even be human nature! :( Have you ever decided what you need before praying and then been angry when you didn't get what you asked for? Perhaps completely missing that the Lord did in fact you give you a better gift? Even if your prayer did not seem to be answered (healing for a loved one is top of most of our lists), the Lord has answered your prayer with his presence. God is with you no matter what to provide, love, redeem. His presence makes all the difference. Manna after all is the secretion of an insect on a particular type of bush. It kept them alive and reminded them daily of their need for God, which keeps us alive eternally.
Give thanks daily for all God has done and is doing. It will open your eyes to what he is doing for you Today. The banquet is prepared, don't miss it. Come out of your tunnel vision and see The Light.
Loaves & Fishes RI
How can it be Labor Day when Memorial Day and the Fourth seem like just a
few weeks ago? Our friends at the Emmanuel House shelter may well be hoping for some cool weather, and we look forward to taking our food truck to servethem on Tuesday, Sept. 12. We have an almost weather-proof truckful, withall the favorite items (fruit, eggs, cheese, chips, juice, PBJs and sweets)
along with the hot meatball sandwiches, and finally lemonade/iced tea for
one more month, before we switch to hot chocolate and coffee. They welcome
our truck, greeting us in front of the shelter as we pull up. Thank you for
all the donations that fill their bags, providing not only supper but food
for the following day, as well. Do join us sometime to see how much these
gifts of food and caring mean to those we serve.
AND PLEASE SAVE THE DATE! Friday, Sept. 29th is going to be fun! It's a
get-together for all our Loaves & Fishes volunteers from the 12 serving
churches, called Feeding the People Who Feed the People! A casual and
heart-warming gathering to share food and fellowship with our friends from
other churches who join us in this ministry to the homeless and hungry.
Watch for particulars!