Our pantries provide an opportunity to be like God--to be united with Him--revealing his compassionate mercy to people who may be feeling the most isolated, the most judged (by themselves and others), the least cared about, and the most vulnerable to feeling defeated by life.

In our non-judgmental respect for the dignity and privacy of people is a power to heal and to free people from burdens, and to move us toward true relationship with one another.

Isn't this why Jesus said, “If your coat is demanded of you, give your shirt as well,” and “Give to anyone who begs of you,” and “God makes his sun shine on both good and bad men and lets his rain benefit those who do right or wrong?” Isn't Jesus inviting us--even commanding us--to see and to act on the opportunities provided in our projects and endeavors to work with Him to reconcile every person to God and to one other through the power manifested in a mercy that disregards worthiness?

In “suspending judgment” for God’s sake our pantries become places of healing where miracles occur--and where true community is being created.

Matthew 25:35-45

Matthew 25:35-45