Oct 5, 2011

A Lunch can Change a Life

They hate this time of day. It’s generally filled with griping, a little “I’m telling!” and a lot of “Move over!” Today is different though – there’s no arguing, just the sound of a low, muffled conversation. Then, out of nowhere, a sister appears in my doorway. “Mama, I need to ask you something.” I’m expecting something along the lines of “Will you get down the sandwich bags?” or “Can I take an extra drink?” But what she said next truly surprised me.

“There’s this girl at my lunch table. She only brings a sandwich and a Capri Sun in her lunch every day. She says that’s all she has at home. Me and Sissy have shared with her the past couple of days, but we were wondering – can we just start packing extra in our lunches and give it to her? I think she’s hungry.” “Sure,” I say as my eyes pool around the edges. “I think that’s a great idea.” While she excitedly runs back to the kitchen to tell her twin the great news, I whisper a prayer. I thank God for the wonderful children I have, for their hearts of compassion, for their willingness to help, but I also pray for the girl who doesn’t have enough lunch.

I wonder if she gets to eat breakfast and supper, if she has siblings who are hungry, too, and what her family situation is like. I wonder what else she may not have, and if she’ll be okay when winter gets here. Except for God’s grace, that could be my family.

These lunches – my girls – could change her life. Just like He did so long ago, Jesus could take that lunch and multiply it exponentially. He can make it feed her body and her soul. He can take simple snacks and turn them into nourishment for her life. I pray He will. I pray He’ll help me, too. I want to be like my daughters. I want to notice the hungry around me, and not just see them, but help them. I want to be the one who brings a little extra so I can share with whoever may not have quite enough. I want my lunch to help change a life.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. ~ Philo

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.  ~Leo Buscaglia


Matthew 25: 34-40 (NIV) – Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’