Breaking bread and giving thanks

We would appreciate your prayers for today as we invite all of our Jubilee Food Pantry guests into our house this afternoon.  Everyone will be eating turkey soup and rolls together before our guests walk through the pantry.  It is COLD today and we are thankful to share some warmth with everyone.

One of our favorite scripture passages is Luke 14:7-24.  Jesus talks about humility and the parable of the Great Feast.

12 Then he turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.”

As we invite those who cannot repay us, into our home, we trust and obey Jesus to join us, and cover our home in grace, peace and love.

Thank you to our beautiful neighbors, Dick and Salome, across the street who roasted the turkey yesterday and made some yummy broth for the soup.

Please pray for our family’s health also….it seems Avery has come down with Strep Throat and that is NOT something we want to share- with anyone!

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.       Philippians 4:4-7

 

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Jubilee Community Garden

The local newspaper ran a story about the beginnings of the Jubilee Community Garden.  Read about it here.  God is doing some amazing things!

A New Thing

I believe God is all about creating new things out of old, not better, or refurbished things, new things. I however, cannot do this.  It is an inconceivable thought to me.  Making something old into new?  That is impossible.

But we all know or have heard that, “With God, all things are possible.”  Matt. 19:26

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.  Isaiah 43:19

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  2 Cor. 5:17

You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not admit them? “From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you.  Isaiah 48:6

Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.  Numbers 20:11

I know and am confident that God is doing a new thing in Hubbard, OR.  I am seeing it in my garage, through pastors of local churches in this area, in my children, on my street, and in me.  He is creating something new out of something old.

And honestly, it feels uncomfortable and awkward sometimes, more often than not.

The old feels comfortable and easy to be with.   When I am sitting with my Hispanic lady friends who have a different language and different culture than I do, my old self wants to get up and walk away because I feel fidgety and not sure what to say.  My old self wants to get up, go in the house, and read a book on my comfy sofa.  But my new self knows something….the comfy sofa and book will not satisfy. Now that I have tasted and seen what is Good, I am compelled to push through to find out what lies beyond.

When we live in Spirit and Truth, we will have many moments of awkwardness.  Awkwardness is real and it is okay.  We must walk through these moments so that He can renew our minds, so that they are in line with what He has done in us.  I am a new creation, but I am not really going to know this unless I walk it out, with Him holding my hand.  Our freedom lies just beyond the pain and awkwardness.

At the Jubilee Food Pantry, miracles happen all the time.  Our guests come not only to receive but to give as well, helping with translation, food, and their time.  High school students come willingly and regularly to help and hang out.  Neighbors are dropping food off randomly and taking their time to join in our efforts.  Friendships are beginning, names are being remembered, the picture mural is growing, and more than enough food is provided EVERY week.

But all of these things have not happened without some awkwardness and pain.  But when we know the truth of what He has done in us, we know that Life comes out of death, Light comes out of darkness, Spring always comes after winter, and His strength lies in our weakness.  We know that we don’t have to back off if we feel scared because we KNOW that He is doing a new thing and with God all things are possible!

As a sister and brother in Christ, we encourage you to walk in a little bit of awkwardness this week, for the sake of what He has done and for the sake of His Kingdom.