Planning for the fall season and flipping through the calendar, I am noticing that September is on the horizon. With the heat of the past few days, fall will be a welcome season with its cooler temperatures and its many colors. For many people, school is already underway and in some places, startup will follow Labor Day. I love September—apple season is near!
But something that knows no season is hunger. Recently I learned that September is Hunger Action Month according to the Society of St. Andrew. If you don’t know about this society, you might like to acquaint yourself with their website which may be found here:
The Society of St. Andrew has many resources for you to develop a plan of action. Their 2017 Calendar of Prayer and Action is chock full of sound, biblical responses to helping to end hunger. If you attend St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford, MS, see me; I’ll be happy to make a copy of the calendar for you. The calendar can also be obtained from their website. Families may find the Society of St. Andrew’s coin boxes a helpful aid in sharing the problem of hunger with children. These, too, may be obtained online, or you can make your own “bank” for coins. Perhaps if you treat your children to a child’s meal at a fast food restaurant you might put in the same amount of money into the money box/bank to donation to help end hunger.
The African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” is very apt in addressing hunger in the United States. Look in your local area for what’s being done through food pantries, meals served in churches, education programs. We’ve often said for environmental issues “to think globally and act locally”—good advice for addressing the issues of hunger. Let us together ponder Jesus’ words in Matthew: “You give them something to eat.”
May your September be one of blessing. May it also be one of prayer and action. Get a calendar, fill your coin box/bank, and offer it to God on Sunday, October 1, which is World Communion day. Then, count your coins and send a check to the Society of St. Andrew to aid in their work to end hunger.