Sunday, October 11, 2009

Palestine Food Pantry Dedication

Sundays are always good for me, particularly when I am in East Texas. Today is even more special.

Court Drive Church of Christ in Palestine dedicated a new food pantry today to meet the needs of those in their community and invited Janet and me to participate. The East Texas Food Bank in Tyler serves the Court Drive food pantry. Our food banks and pantries all across Texas are a key component to meeting the needs of those less fortunate in our society and I think their activity sends the right message about who we are as Texans.

Food pantries and their similar organizations rely heavily, if not entirely, on volunteers. Farmers and ranchers are noted to donate heavily to food banks with their excess and surplus items, as do many grocery stores and retailers. Food banks pre-stage food items and then deliver them in times of disaster, such as during hurricanes.

I am reminded of a scripture in James 1:27 that says “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress….”

With the dedication of this new food pantry and their on-going activities, Court Drive Church of Christ truly puts these words into action.

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