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Every year, our presbytery issues a challenge.  For those of you who aren’t Presbyterian, a presbytery is something like an archdiocese.  This year our challenge is to tackle hunger in our communities.

When Rev, Howard challenges us to tackle hunger, he isn’t thinking “they can just pray about it.”  Yes, prayer is a part but we also need to put our prayers in action.  There need to be verbs.

For our part, our congregation expanded our community garden.  The purpose of this garden?  To feed the community.  We doubled the size of the garden and added a bush cherry, three apple trees and four blackberry brambles.  Last week, we made our first harvest.

While the lettuce is looking beautiful, the first thing to be ready to harvest was the row of radishes.  One pound may not sound like a lot but we will get almost that many more and then we will replant them.  Who know that radish seeds grow so quickly?  Not me.  That’s for sure.

Fortunately, the local hungry aren’t relying on just me.  There are people in our congregation who actually know what they’re doing.  They’ve planted kale and lettuce, spinach and corn, and cucumbers.  There will, once again, be lots and lots of cucumbers.

Praying about a problem is good, but as Chevalier said, we need verbs.  We need actions.  We need to add hands and feet to our prayers.  In this particular instance, that means planting.

Sit down and think for a moment.  What are your prayers for your community?  How can you add a verb to these prayers?   Christ, after all, called us to walk among the people.

–SueBE

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Move Your FeetLast October, our pastor introduced us to this proverb.  It caught my attention because I pray better when I walk — my ability to sit still is somewhat limited.

But the idea behind this proverb is that when you pray for something, you also need to DO something.  Don’t just pray for better health.  Make better food choices.  Don’t just pray for work.  Apply for jobs.

But what about when you are praying for someone else?  How do you move your feet to solve the problem of world hunger?  One way to do it is by literally walking.

Next Sunday, October 12, 2014, we all have the opportunity to put feet to our prayers and do something about global hunger.  October 12 is the Crop Hunger Walk. On this day, church groups around the United States take part in this Church World Services event.  They take pledges and get out and walk in our communities, making this issue more visible in areas where hunger may not be a huge problem.

I know how tempting it is to pass over an event like this.  Your schedule is packed.  You have so much to do, but do it.  Do it for those who hunger.  Do it for the babies and the mothers and the aunties.  You can find an event in your area on Crop Hunger Walk site.

As busy as we are, everyone who participated from our church is looking forward to doing it again this year, but there are also ways to participate if you can’t actually take part in the walk.  Walkers need financial support.  Many congregations need people to give Minutes for Mission to raise awareness.

Whatever your talents are, don’t bury them.  Get them out and get busy in prayer.

–SueBE

Move Your FeetToday Pastor Carol introduced us to a South African proverb I had never heard before.  “When you pray, move your feet.”

According to this proverb, it isn’t enough to pray for change in the world.  You can’t just pray for a job, you have to apply for work.  You can’t just pray that the sick will be healed, you have to work for health care for those who don’t have access.  When you pray that the hungry will be fed, you should also pick up additional items for your local food pantry.

Sometimes moving your feet when you pray is very literal.  Last weekend, the youth at our church participated in the St. Louis area Crop Hunger Walk.  After passing on our monetary donation, we put feet to our prayers.

For a mile, we walked and drew the attention of homeowners, business owners and those driving the streets of one of the more affluent areas in our community.

Whether you literally walk to help answer prayer or pick up a hammer to build a home or bag groceries at a food pantry, move your feet and take Christ into the world.  It is the only way it will happen.

–SueBE

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