Right now, the back of my car is full of food.
In 2011, it’s easy to read the news and assume scarcity is the norm. And the fact that there is a homeless population in Bristol might lead one to the same conclusion. But God’s economy is a funny thing.
Our homeless friends have food. As the camp has gotten more publicity, donations have poured in to the point where one of the biggest problems in the camp is an overload of food. And so they give it to us. As awkward as it can feel, sometimes we simply receive it. After all, if we claim we are in fellowship with them then we must also receive and not just give. Many of our homeless friends are much older than us and it brings them great delight to give us a meal. We were all made to give love, after all, not just receive it.
Sometimes they’ll give us a haul and say, “You all take care of other families, don’t you?” And we’ll have to spend the evening scrambling around to give the food to people in need that we know. We don’t always mention where the food came from, but our low-income folks are currently being fed by our homeless friends.
Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:25-27).
If you don’t believe that, come visit us in Bristol. And if you need a meal, the back of my car is full of food.