[Then your light will shine]
Have you been thinking about what you can do this month to shine light into someone’s life? Feeding the hungry has been on my mind.
Many of us are so blessed to have roofs over our heads, food on our tables, and family to share it with, while others don’t know where their next meal will come from. What a wonderful gift, then, to give food to those less fortunate than ourselves. Let me give you several great ways that you can feed the hungry this Holiday season.
Foodbanks: Foodbanks can always use your donation, and are often short on supplies.
Shelters: local Shelters host a special Christmas dinner for those in need of a hot meal. They need our help to pay for these warm meals. If you are willing and able, you could even volunteer to help prepare meals at a local soup kitchen.
Share Your Own Table: If you happen to know a family in need this Christmas, consider inviting them to your home or family Christmas gathering.
Charity: There are many charities out there that work to deliver food to those in need, however, I’d like to introduce you to one that has been on our heart. It’s a Canadian non profit organization called International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.
IFCJ was founded by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein (1951-2019) to promote greater understanding between Jews and Christians and to build Christian support for Israel and other shared concerns.
Like its sister organization in the U.S., their mission is not only to build bridges between Christians and Jews, but also to take food and necessities to suffering Israeli families. They also reach out to the Jewish poor in the Soviet Union. You can find out more and donate at the link above.
As Christians we owe a debt of gratitude to Israel. Our Savior and our faith came from this very nation. Jesus lineage can be traced back to the line of King David. This was Prophesied here in the Book of Jeremiah, where Jesus is referred to as a righteous Branch. (More on this can be found here at JewsforJesus.org
“I will bless those who bless [Israel] and whoever curses [Israel] I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through [Israel]” –Genesis 12:3
Thankfully, through Christ we’ve been grafted into the original tree, as are all who accept Jesus, God’s Messiah. Translated from the original Hebrew word “Mashiach,” Messiah means “anointed one.” (Romans 9:4-5, Romans 11:11-24)
“All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.” –Psalm 86:9
Light Shines in the Dark
As Scripture says, feeding the hungry and helping those in need allows our light to shine out of the darkness. Jesus fed the masses, multiplying the smallest contribution. The Lord can do the same today. He takes what we give, distributes it via those who are willing to be His hands and feet, and it even comes back to us abundantly.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” –Luke 6:38
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
“Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” –Isaiah 58:10