Thank you for making the Lenten trek with us this season. Thank you for participating in the challenge to share bread with the world until all are fed. God’s richest blessings to you as you continue your journey throughout the fifty days of Easter.
~The Rev. Ronald T. Glusenkamp, ELCA
And a humble thanks from me to you for allowing these reflections on hunger to be part of your journey toward Easter. Resurrection Blessings! ~Vonda
The Greek word for amazement, ‘exapsi,’ literally means ‘change of place.’ And that is what has happened to us and all of creation because of the resurrection. … It may look the same, but we are standing in a different place. Christ is risen, we are risen, hallelujah.
~Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA
Is it God that rises up and brings justice, or is it us? The answer is ‘yes.’
~Dave Scherer, also known as AGAPE*, a hop-hop outreach artist from Minneapolis, MN
…to work for a world in which no one thirsts. For such a holy calling the crucified and risen Christ frees and sends us out together this day.
~Presiding Bishop Emeritus Mark S. Hanson, ELCA
This meal fed the weary souls gathered that evening and reminded us that we have an incredible God who has sent Jesus Christ as constant nourishment and strength for us along this journey… strength so that we might keep our eyes, ears and hearts open to the constant word of hope that God breathes into our world every day.
~Jessie Obrecht, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago
In today’s ’40 Days of Giving’ devotional, Pastor Malpica shares the story of a mother’s unending love for her daughter and the accompaniment of ELCA World Hunger, which loved them to the end.
~The Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla, executive director for ELCA Global Mission
Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
Derramemos perfumes caros y de olor grato a Dios, hagámoslo siempre en fe!
Let us pour expensive oils with a scent pleasing to God; let us do it always in faith!
~The Rev. Dr. Patricia Cuyatti, Lutheran World Federation
Like Jesus, a good host invites not only because there is hunger but because there is exclusion. A good host invites not only because there is food to share but because there is power to share. Are we ready to do so?
~The Rev. Teresita (Tita) Valeriano, San Francisco Bay Area
As [Jesus] was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying,
“Blessed is the king
who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven,
and glory in the highest heaven!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”
It is the third Saturday of the month at Bethel Lutheran Church [on Chicago’s west side] and the Taste and See ministry is in full swing. … Taste and See is an outreach to the community that shares God’s love and welcome.
~The Rev. Wyvetta Bullock, assistant to the presiding bishop, ELCA