A church employs the unemployed to feed those in need: Two responses to our fear of inadequacy

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The news broke this morning that unemployment claims in the US surged by 3.28 million last week. This is the highest number ever recorded in a single week, more than quadruple the previous record of 695,000 claims in October 1982. For perspective: the US saw barely 200,000 unemployment claims just three weeks ago.


SourceUS Department of Labor, COVID-19 Impact on Unemployment, March 2019–2020

In related news, the Transportation Safety Administration confirmed Wednesday that, on Tuesday, the agency saw a record low in the number of passenger screenings in airports nationwide. Tuesday’s screenings were an 88 percent drop from March 1.

It’s easy to read today’s news and be overwhelmed. We can feel afraid that all we can do is not all that needs to be done.

This fear can be both disabling and empowering. Let’s discuss the difference.

God’s will never leads where his grace cannot sustain

Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas was in the local news this week. The church identified those in the area who are in great need of food assistance. Then they focused on out-of-work caterers, using church donations to employ them.

These caterers are making more than twelve hundred lunches a day to serve at shelters. Their employer told a reporter, “I’m eternally grateful, as well as my people are and everybody working here, and we will pay it forward.”

Just because we cannot do everything does not mean that we cannot do something.

This church, despite its large size and resources, cannot feed every person in Dallas. But they can feed some people in Dallas. And they are not allowing what they cannot do to keep them from doing what they can.

Think of those most used by God across Scripture: an enslaved prisoner becomes second to Pharaoh in Egypt; a fugitive from justice leads his nation out of Egyptian slavery to the edge of the Promised Land; a…

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