Give us this day...

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    ...our daily bread.

    I wonder sometimes if I open my mouth too much about issues for the hungry. I hope you bear with me, because that thought always follows with the one telling me that I must be a voice.

    Take a breath.

    Every 3.6 seconds, or the time from one breath to the next, someone in this world dies from hunger. That's 24,000 deaths a day, or over 8 and a half million deaths a year. These deaths are mostly children.

    1 in 7 people of this world live in chronic hunger, which is defined as not having a single day of one's life receiving adequate nutrition. That's the same number of people that live in the world's developed nations.

    In my hands are 3 ounces of rice. The average person living in chronic hunger receives only this amount of food...daily.

    The fact is that we have a bountiful God, and it would be funny if it were not so sad that God has given us an earth capable of feeding every human a daily diet of 3,500 calories in grains alone. That's enough to make everyone fat. The sadness is that people still die from hunger.

    The United Nations knows this. Our governments' leaders know this. We have the distribution know-how to feed everyone. What is lacking is the moral courage of the people to say this is an injustice.

    As a Christian, I must remember that I pray for our daily bread, not my daily bread. I must fight the temptation to construct a life where the poor are absent, and I must not submit to a theology that makes me comfortable in a world where the poor are invisible. When I do not recognize the faces of the hungry as my brothers and sisters, and when I do not stand up to be the voice for those whose cries go unheard, how sadly ironic it is that I follow the petition to give us this day our daily bread with a request to be forgiven of my sins.

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    "The community which prays, 'Give us this day our daily bread,' and has as its constitutive sacrament the breaking of the bread in Jesus' name is by definition a community in service to the hungry. By virtue of partaking in the sacrament of bread, we become united with the one body of Christ among whose members are multitudes who are hungry. The question becomes not if but how we are going to share the bread on our tables with these hungry brothers and sisters." ~ Dr. Craig L. Nessan, Academic Dean at Wartburg Theological Seminary, "Give Us This Day"

    May 10, 2007

    THE NEED - hunger
    THE ACTION - being a voice for the hungry
    NON-PROFIT - The ONE Campaign

    Photo by Kris Litman
    amateur photographer

    Emily Rinard, synecdoche, and 168 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. eric731 57 months ago | reply

      Great pic and story. Consider sharing with us: www.flickr.com/groups/beatingdebt

    2. peggy1952 54 months ago | reply

      Thank you for your photo. We used it on our website. Thanks.

      Paul Schlieker

    3. brass|MAGAZINE 54 months ago | reply

      Thanks for posting this picture under a Creative Commons license. I used it for this blog: www.brassmagazine.com/blog/spirit-ridiculous. Here's the attribution link I used: https://www.flickr.com/photos/krislitman/ / CC BY 2.0.

    4. scottwyden 52 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Giving Lens, and we'd love to have this added to the group!


      We would love to have this added to our group

    5. cocoesperanza 52 months ago | reply

      Hello - Keep on working with your photographic ideas....they should reach further .......

    6. ThisParticularGreg 52 months ago | reply

      Great photo - thanks for publishing it under Creative Commons.

      I have used it as the headline photo in a recent blog post about doing charitable work in China.

      mandarinsegments.blogspot.com/2010/01/volunteering-in-chi...

      Greg

    7. ehenar04 51 months ago | reply


      We would love to have this added to our group

    8. ModDarling 49 months ago | reply

      What a great image! Used for a Sparkle Thought and linked back! Check it out sparklethought.blogspot.com

    9. WordLive 48 months ago | reply

      Great picture and great caption too - we'd love to have this added to the WordLive group!

    10. dariarocco 42 months ago | reply

      dariarocco.com/blog/leadership-begins-our-hearts I used this photo for my blog. This photo shows a heart to give.

      Thank you for sharing your photo.
      Daria Rocco
      Successful Entrepreneur and Motivational Speaker

    11. my.hero.is.Jesus 29 months ago | reply

      Excellent.

      Thank you for sharing your photograph and your message. I used your photograph in my blog gracestories.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/christmas-countdown... Thank you again--well said.

    12. bnjewell 26 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the photo. I used it on my blog "God, Money & Me" -- godmoneyme.com/2012/03/11/growing-a-generous-heart/

    13. jackstack2012 20 months ago | reply

      Thank you, just letting you know I used this for my first video :)
      Thanks for sharing it under a CC license

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHYrbuyyMgY

    14. gebanz 19 months ago | reply

      "Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor" (Prov. 22:9).

      Thank you. I plan to share your photo on Facebook with this verse to encourage Christians to remember to help others who need it.

      Blessings,

      Gail Banz

    15. GoGivinci 16 months ago | reply

      Just starting to use Flickr for our business- I am planning to use this photo as a header on our fb page. I will credit you, and if there are concerns please let me know.
      www.facebook/GoGivinci.com

    16. Dandelion Salad 15 months ago | reply

      Great shot. Thanks for having a CC license on your photo. I've used it on this blog post:

      dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/tavis-smiley-visi...

    17. symphony of love 5 months ago | reply

      Thank you so much for sharing this and for making this available under Creative Commons License. I have used this with a quote from Timber Hawkeye on giving at OM | Rekindling the Light Within and I have also shared this edited version with the quote at Symphony of Love's Facebook and at:

      Thank you and have a great day.

      Infinite Gratitude, Blessings and Love,
      BK

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