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Editor’s Note: In celebration of Advent, we have invited faith leaders to reflect on where they find hope, peace, joy, and love in this season. Each reflection will be followed by a prayer for this season.
Hope for bread.
What causes the refugee to cross borders?
What caused the enslaved to abandon slavery and reach for freedom?
The prisoner of hope becomes a living hope as they trust in the God of hope. The living hope is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Archbishop Desmond Tutu often says that we who believe in the resurrection have no option but to hope.
Isaiah writes (9:2): those sitting in darkness have seen a great light. This is the light that is embodied by the prisoner of hope. Hope is Christ in us, God with us, and God for us. If God is for us, then who can be against us? Just actions create hope. It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we may abound in hope (Romans 15:13). May the power of the Holy Spirit activate an abundance of hope in us as we overcome injustice in the world.
Let us pray:
Patient and Loving God,
We are caught in the hustle and bustle—trying
to make ends meet, trying
to plan just right, trying
to get all the justice work done, trying
to make everyone happy, trying...
Time moves so quickly, we struggle to
to recognize this advent season.
Stop us in our tracks.
Give us wonder.
Give us anticipation.
Give us longing.
Prepare our hearts for your gifts of
Wrapped in swaddling clothes
and lying in a manger,
born in Bethlehem.
We wait for the one in whose name we pray,
Siki Dlanga – a proud South African of the Madiba clan – wrote this Advent reflection.
She is the youngest board member of the South African Christian Leaders Initiative and founder of Freedom Mantle, which mobilizes young Christian leaders to be engaged in social change in South Africa.
May the power of the Holy Spirit activate an abundance of hope in us as we overcome injustice in the world.
Afghanistan would be considered likely to have high rates of hunger because at least two of the major causes of global hunger affect it—armed conflict and fragile governmental institutions.
Malnutrition is responsible for nearly half of all preventable deaths among children under 5. Every year, the world loses hundreds of thousands of young children and babies to hunger-related causes.
Bread for the World is calling on the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to build a better 1,000-Days infrastructure in the United States.
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is designed to respond to changes in need, making it well suited to respond to crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bread for the World and its partners are asking Congress to provide $200 million for global nutrition.
In 2017, 11.8 percent of households in the U.S.—40 million people—were food-insecure, meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year about how they would provide for their next meal.