Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 10, 2009
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 10, 2009
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
Thank you for forwarding this to your friends.
"Give us this day our daily bread."
Jesus is concerned about hunger, both spiritual
and physical. "Not mine, but ours everybody's.
Our responsibility to the starving world is
implicit in [the Lord's Prayer]. As long as
any part of the body is hungry, the entire body
knows starvation," writes Madeleine L'Engle
(L'Engle, Madeleine; "Glimpses of Grace," p.
62.). She suggests we simply do what we can,
offering our small loaves and fishes and leaving
the rest to God. We are to offer what we have
with compassion. In praying this request, we
are praying for those who hunger in all parts
of the world, for the hungry in our neighborhoods,
and for nourishment for ourselves.
We live in a desperately hungry world. According
to the United Nations World Hunger Programme,
hunger afflicts one of every seven people on
earth. The UN's vision is for a hunger-free
world. They believe there is enough food in
the world today for every man, woman, and child.
But tragically, there are 24,000 deaths from
starvation daily. More than 800 million go to
bed hungry every night. More than 50 million
suffer from acute hunger. A child dies every
eight seconds from malnutrition-related
complications. There are many fine charitable
groups dedicated to relieving world hunger, but
the World Hunger Programme feeds most of the
world's refugees and internally displaced
As followers of Christ, we must be concerned
with local, national, and international hunger.
A significant number of homeless and troubled
youth live in my town. Members of a community
outreach organization bring them free food
throughout the week. The community food bank
is always looking for donations. Local
businesses periodically have food drives.
And I know plenty of struggling students with
limited budgets who would deeply appreciate a
home cooked meal. I also know of youth groups
and Sunday school groups who give up meals to
help raise money for the hungry. There are
abundant opportunities to share food with
But there are also many other creative ways to
help those who hunger and raise awareness for
the starving. I was completely unaware of the
desperate circumstances of Zimbabwe until a
dedicated Christian physician living in that
country contacted me by e-mail. Starvation
was their main problem and her country was
facing one of the worst food deficits the
world has yet to experience. Knowing that
I had written other devotional material, she
asked if I would prayerfully write "some
encouraging words about God's love for Zimbabwe
and her people." She would then distribute
these meditations via e-mail, nationally to
Christians in Zimbabwe and to her colleagues
With some trepidation, I agreed to her request
and suggested the meditations be titled, "To
Zimbabwe with Love." (These meditations may
be found at http://soulfoodministry.org/docs/English/ZimLoveIntro.htm).
I cannot cure world hunger, but I can be more
mindful of those around me who hunger daily
and offer my small gifts. I can pray more
compassionately for those who lack food for
God, give us today our daily bread. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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