Words from the Heart for Wednesday December 8th, 2021
He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
Luke 1:53 (NIV)
Household food insecurity is the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints. It is a serious problem in Canada that negatively impacts physical, mental, and social health, and costs our healthcare system considerably. In 2017-18, Nunavut had the highest prevalence of food insecurity at 57%, followed by the Northwest Territories at 21.6% and Yukon at 16.9%. The lowest prevalence of household food insecurity was in Quebec, at 11.1%. 84% of people living in food-insecure households in 2017-18 were in one of four provinces: Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, or British Columbia.
The Hebrew Scriptures often record sumptuous banquets held by kings and potentates. Some of them lasted days. Meanwhile, many of the people they ruled were facing hunger, some to the point of malnutrition. The contrast was often obscene. For justice, the poor often turned to the Lord who promised to provide for them. Mary, the chosen mother of Jesus, understood this. She had never been to one of those king’s banquets, but it is likely that at some point in her young life she had experienced the pangs of hunger. In praising God for choosing her to bear the Messiah, she says this in Luke 1:53: “He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.” Mary was a woman of great faith. She never longed for an invitation to the royal banquet hall – her only longing was to be a faithful servant of the living God, and by so doing experience the blessings only He can provide. We are called to have the same attitude. May the Lord give us a heart that longs for Him and for the blessings that come to those who seek Him.
These have been words from the heart.