Easter: God’s Abundance

By Michael Binger *

Easter is probably my favorite holiday. I don’t like chocolate (crazy, I know!) so the Bunny really doesn’t do anything for me. Waking up Easter morning and going to church and hearing again that old, old story always thaws my heart after a cold winter. I am touched again by God’s love and I am thankful. I am always thankful for my family and my friends and for their patience with me! Memories of Easters past remind me of all the people that I have loved in different times and places, and I am thankful.

This Easter, I am particularly thankful for all the new people I have met in my short time with the Society of St. Andrew. I appreciate the passion and professionalism with which the staff offers themselves in service to others. I am moved by the generosity of all those who donate some of their abundance so that others might have sustenance. I am awestruck of all the people of give of their time and talent to glean and gather food for others. I am grateful for the farmers who share of their livelihood and trust us to bring strangers to their home and go through their crops. Without any one of you, the Society of St. Andrew could not do what we do. WOW!

Easter reminds us that God provides for our scarcity from God’s abundance. In many ways, the Society of St. Andrew lives out this message of Easter every day. We provide from creation’s abundance to address the scarcity that God’s people deal with every day. Let us remember to be thankful for everyone who contributes to this mission. Let us also remember that there is still more distribution to do! I look forward to continuing that work with all of you.

* Michael Binger is SoSA’s Regional Director in the North Carolina office, serving North Carolina and South Carolina



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How the Story of the 12 Baskets is Connected to SoSA’s Name

Matthew 14:16-21

But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.

2 Kings 4:42-44

[…]the man of God […] said, “Give them to the people that they may eat.” His attendant said, “What, will I set this before a hundred men?” But he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’” So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.

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