To the Very Edges October 5, 2022
Wednesday, October 5th
Take5 Devotional today written by Pastor Brian Field, Missions Pastor
To the Very Edges
When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.
Leviticus 19: 9
I love Tuesday mornings. Why, you may ask? Every Tuesday morning, we set up for Fresh Market in the parking lot at Calvary and provide nearly 7,000 lbs. of food for those in our community who are struggling to make ends meet. Volunteers throughout the week make pick-ups at grocery stores and farmers’ markets throughout the week and about 50-60 volunteers show up each Tuesday to help distribute the food and to talk with, encourage and pray for our guests. It is a beautiful outreach to our community and helps so many who may be living on the very edges of life.
I love the concept of Fresh Market because it is actually not a new idea at all. It’s quite old and was one of the Levitical Laws that God established for His people. Gleaning was one of God’s ways of making sure the poor and the foreigner were cared for. It played out in the beautiful story of Boaz and Ruth and continues to this day.
Each Tuesday, we have “Ruths” who walk through our Fresh Market. Many who are struggling, lost, sick or disabled, hurting, displaced, or lonely. They come to glean and in the process are introduced into a compassionate community that hopefully helps point them toward a God who cares for their every need. He has been doing it for a very long time.
Come visit us on a Tuesday and see how you can be involved in helping reach those on the edges. We have several ministries serving those in need and lots of opportunities throughout the week to participate.