Besides the friendly greeter at the doorway, I always seem to associate my first glimpses of Church on Sunday with a box labeled, “Place food donations here!” Perhaps the redundancy of this sight had lulled me into some sort of complacency when it came to food drives. I could never seem to get myself excited about them.
Two years ago at West Hills we held our annual “hunger month.” Throughout the month we would have specific messages and activities around the topic of hunger. For one of the activities we constructed a labyrinth in our community building, but with one small twist. Instead of constructing the labyrinth of rocks or tape, we decided to use the donated food we had been collecting for the month. After taping off the labyrinth we placed cans of soup, pasta sauce, and boxes of rice over the tape.
The labyrinth was available for anyone to walk the last Sunday of the month. It was fascinating for me to walk this labyrinth and to think about the homes that those boxes and cans would end up in. To think about the dinner tables surrounded by family members happy to have something to eat. After those thoughts I was moved into a deep place of prayer for all of the people who experience hunger throughout the world everyday.
I’m thankful for those in our community who thought of a way to lead us all into a deeper place when it comes to thinking and praying about issues of justice.
Contributed by Mark Pratt-Russim, youth pastor, West Hills Friends