This week a drawing. A variety of people stand in line, their body language suggests that they have been waiting for some time. They show a range of emotions, from patience through to depression. Some are parents, accompanied by small children. There is an open door and a pantry or food store. At the door stands one welcoming person. There is a contrast between the many waiting with their great need, whom stand in a collective shadow, and the single helper who stretches out her hand in welcome.
This picture comes from a book by Kate Milner, called ‘It’s a no money day’. It shows a queue of people at the foodbank. The book was written and illustrated with children in mind in late 2019, so before the pandemic that is causing the present increased food shortages. The author and artist aims to help children understand why other children are hungry, and suggests ways of offering help.
“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’
‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.’
You give us so much
pour out blessing upon us.
And yet faced with the world,
with all that is broken
we grieve and weep.
And yet you are the source
of all that is good, and all that
comes from you is good.
You remind us to embrace the good
to find joy in it.
You remind us to
go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks.
And yet in your holy days
you remind us also to send portions
to those who have none.
Through the work of Foodbanks
we share the choice food and sweet drinks.
We take joy in God’s creation,
not despite others, but alongside others
Faith in Foodbanks (based on Nehemiah 8:9-10)