“For I Was Hungry”

“‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took me in;  I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me; I was in prison and you visited me. (Matthew 25:35-36, CSB)”


Have you ever been hungry, and opened refrigerator door to find it empty? Not simply, “nothing here that I want to eat”, but NOTHING at all to eat? And no way to go to the store to purchase any food (no transportation, no money, or both)?  If you ever have, you know that it’s a stressful, scary, and desperate existence. Your thoughts become consumed with, “What can I eat?”, “When will I eat?”, and “What if no food comes?”  Hunger does not allow you to focus on anything. This is why Jesus fed the crowds (Matt. 14:13-21).


At Sappony Baptist Church, we have supported the work of “Martha for the Homeless” in Petersburg since the 1980’s, I’m told.  This is a good thing, and it is not meant to be a “one and done”. Jesus reminds us that the poor will always be among us (Matt. 26:11).  In the 3 ½ years that I have been at Sappony, we have done a few food drives and sent some financial assistance. This must be a continuing way that we serve the community.  Over 26% of the population of Petersburg is “food-insecure”, meaning that they do not have ready access to nutritious food. We are called to help in this.


Currently, we are collecting non-perishable foods through Sunday to take there next week.  We can tell by looking at the collection table in the fellowship hall that people have been generous, but there is always the need for more.  If you have not yet brought in your donation of non-perishable food, please do so this Sunday when you come to worship with us. “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and take you in, or without clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick, or in prison, and visit you? ’ “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:37-40).  


Remember WHOM we serve!

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