Friday, May 28, 2010

Food for Thought

Luke 14:13-14 states:
But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

I read this passage tonight and it made me pause to think, "how can I do this?"  If the people I know don't fit into any of these categories, how do I find those that do, and make them feel welcome in my home as I serve them a feast?  I know that if a stranger invited me to dinner I'd be suspicious, so how do I get to know the poor, maimed, lame and blind?  I do know a few who could be called poor by American standards, but I'm sure if I called them poor in their presence they'd argue that they have all they need.

Here I am with 5 or 6 dozen eggs and gallons of fresh milk in my fridge, and I don't know who to share it with.  I do know a man with 5 kids that just got laid off.  Do I take him some of my bounty?  Does that qualify according to the Scripture above?  I've asked God a few times to show me who needs some of this blessing He's given me, and no one really comes to mind when I do.  Maybe the thing to do is invite this family to "breakfast for dinner" and serve lots of buttermilk pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage.  Hmm, think I'll run that one by hubby and see what he thinks.

Got any suggestions for breaking into circles of people who aren't like me?  Expanding my horizons, so to speak...