THANKSGIVING 2013: Whether it was serving up a meal and a hug to the lonely or offering a word of encouragement around a family Thanksgiving table, it’s wonderful to see so many extending hope, care and love to others. Made me think of David in 2 Samuel 17 when he is on the run from his enemy and hiding in the wilderness:
When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi… Machir… and Barzillai… brought beds, basins, and earthen vessels, wheat, barley, flour, parched grain, beans and lentils, honey and curds and sheep and cheese from the herd, for David and the people with him to eat, for they said, “The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.”
God has created us for and placed us into community. And when we find ourselves in the darkest wilderness, it is the family of faith who come along side to bring us sustenance, rest and renewed strength for the journey.