Let’s Be Thankful Soup

What if this was all you had?

Most Sundays. my son grabs a can from the pantry to bring to church. Our church collects food and other things for a local shelter year round. There’s a beautiful, hand crafted wooden box in the commons. There’s always something in it. We get a warm feeling and smiles on our faces as we deposit our offerings to the community. I’m happy to teach my kids that, no matter how hard things may seem for us, there are others who are in much worse shape who we can and should help.

So let’s talk about that. What if that was you and the food you had was largely supplemented by the cans and boxes that came from the community? How would you feel? What would you make?

As you prepare for Thanksgiving this week, please take a moment to think of those who don’t have what you have. They struggle to pay their bills and feed their family. And one night this week, go into your pantry and grab some cans. With those cans, make some soup. Just dump everything into a pot and let it simmer. Don’t get fancy and add too much to it. No pesto or curry. Maybe a little chopped onion or some garlic. This is a humble soup. As it simmers, grab a book. Read aloud to your kids. If you can’t find anything, try this poem called Thanks by W.S. Merwin. 

We will be having Let’s Be Thankful Soup on Wednesday night. I hope you will consider making it too.


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