Hello Hungry Friends!
Congratulations on making it through Day 1! While my stomach growled yesterday, I was spurred on by reading through the blog entries posted on our website. I, like many of you, found it to be a very challenging day. My girls were bitter that they couldn't have Craisins in their oatmeal, and I was grumpy because I couldn't have my hot tea. Others wrote about their caffeine headaches, their craving for their daily coffee or their extra large Diet Coke. One student described her discipline in sticking to a rice and beans diet and giving up her weakness . . . marshallow peeps! Way to go as our bodies and our minds begin to acclimate to this challenging diet. We are all making sacrifices in varying degrees.
Even though that bowl of oatmeal or those rice and beans may seem simple, we are actually eating what is normal for the broad middle of the world's population. Our food choices are the options recommended to us by the advocacy group, Bread for the World. They want us to remember that what we are eating is still quite generous for much of the world. There are approximately 1 billion people who live on less than $1 a day!
Check out this definition of hunger:
1. the discomfort, weakness, or pain caused by prolonged lack of food
2. to have a strong or compelling desire
As we each experience discomfort this week, my prayer is that God will stir in us a strong and compelling desire to be more like Him and to see His Kingdom come here on earth. I was sitting with a group of friends in the lobby last Sunday after all the buzz of the weekend service was quieting down. We were talking about the days ahead and the 5-Day Challenge. Warren Beach said, "While people in the developing world have great physical needs that we can help address, we also have great spiritual needs that can be addressed by getting out of our comfort zone and participating in challenges like this. To grow spiritually, we need to embrace these challenges for the nourishment of our souls." May this week be "sustenance" for you spiritually.
"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard." Isaiah 58:6-8
and the COH Team