Going into this Canadian Thanksgiving weekend working for a ministry that serves some of the most vulnerable people in the world forces me to analyze my life circumstances. I love Thanksgiving. Spending time with family celebrating and giving thanks to God for His goodness is a wonderful thing, and something I believe the Lord delights in. However, I have spent the week hearing stories of starvation, sickness and various forms of injustice. When I compare this with what I will experience this weekend I feel convicted.
At first these two situations seem to be in opposition, but as I think about it further I realize this is not the case. In fact I think they need to go hand-in-hand.
I should be very aware of just how much I have and I think it should make me uncomfortable, while at the same time I should celebrate with people I love and enjoy a meal together. The result is the important part: The awareness of my reality MUST compel me to respond to the reality of those living in unjust situations. This may look different for different people, but one thing is for sure: Simply feeling convicted about the wealth we live in is not enough, we must respond. What is the point of conviction without action?
As I reflect on Thanksgiving I think “how can I tangibly express my gratitude to God this weekend?” It quickly becomes clear! Invite others to the table. In scripture Christ often shares meals with people, especially those who are poor and marginalized. We are called to do the same. To widen the circle, invite others to the table, and share a meal. We are to love our neighbours the way we would want to be loved, and let me tell you… If I was without food, family or protection I would certainly want someone to invite me in and make room at their table.
For those neighbours that are in close proximity we can literally invite them to our tables! This is a wonderful opportunity we have within our own communities. Thinking of the many hungry children we serve in Zambia, Malawi and Uganda distance does not hinder my ability to care for them. It is very clear that I can invite them to the table too.
As we enjoy a meal this weekend we have the opportunity to share with those who have nothing. It only costs 8¢ to invite one child to your table. That’s it.
Jesus led the way in sharing meals with those who no one else would share with. Let’s follow our leader. This thanksgiving let’s invite our neighbours- near and far- to the table.
Written By: Amanda Geleynse
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