Food and Faith is a blog of the Presbyterian Hunger Program.
Learn from the world community.
Cherish the natural order.
~Living More with Less by Doris Janzen Longacre~
Read that again. "Nonconform freely." It’s right there, waiting for us to let go of our inhibitions and be ourselves in this crazy world full of societal norms- gloriously creative life, waiting for us.
The other YAVs and I spent the first weekend of December on retreat in central Massachusetts. As part of our retreat we went Heifer International's farm in Rutland, MA. The farm has a global village of exact replica houses from the countries they serve, some livestock, and a group of volunteers who live on grounds to keep the farm functional.
In recent years, I find myself increasingly melancholy in the days leading up to Christmas. There is a lot I want to love about the holiday, like stopping and spending time with loved ones, and the outpouring of kindness on one another. These are beautiful sentiments, but so often hard to focus on during the hustle and bustle of the season.
For many of us, the transition from fall to winter is accompanied by more time spent enjoying the warmth and comfort of “The Great Indoors”. Preparing hot meals, nursing a mug of tea, catching up with a friend over hot chocolate; the coziness of the season is one of the main things a summer-person like me can find to love about cold weather. But I’ve also found this time of year conducive to a little introspection. The old metal radiator and the various candles that provide physical and emotional warmth in our apartment seem to serve as an invitation ...
The shelter doesn’t feel like a basement. It is painted a calming yellow, and there always seem to be fresh flowers around.
The stress that many of us experienced the past week during the SNAP Challenge was just around food, it didn’t include every other aspect of our lives and the financial pressure that comes with living on little income.
As difficult as it is to create a full and healthy diet on $30 per person per week, the real issue is the challenge of all of the other budget demands on a low-income household, which is why the SNAP benefits is often the only way to afford food.