Topeka Free Methodist Church, a member of Harvester’s network, will hold a Mobile Food Pantry in Topeka on Saturday, September 22, beginning at 9:00am. Plan to arrive by 9:00 (or before) since we often run out of food by 10:00. The food pantry will be held in the church’s parking lot: 3450 SE Indiana Ave. Topeka, Kansas 66605.
The Mobile Food Pantry will distribute food intended for families in need of emergency food assistance. The distribution of primarily fresh produce will take place on a first-come, first-serve basis. Recipients will be asked to provide the number in the household, and volunteers will distribute food from pallets directly into vehicles.
Many of us take a vacation during the summer months. Whether we take a long vacation (over a week) or a short vacation; and whether we travel or stay at home, what we now call a “staycation,” it is good for us to get away for an extended period of recreation, especially time spent away from home or by traveling. On a genuine vacation we get away from the ordinary routine, we take a break from the regular activities and responsibilities of living, to be refreshed and rejuvenated. Even a “staycation” at home can still be renewing for us by taking a break from the ordinary routine of work and other responsibilities. A vacation is like taking an extended Sabbath. We should take a weekly Sabbath … a day off … for rest and recreation; but a yearly extended Sabbath can be particularly enriching for us. In fact, God established several other days of rest in the Old Testament Hebrew calendar, in addition to the weekly Sabbath day of rest, including a full week during the Festival of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:33-44). In other words, a few times a year, we need more than just a weekly day off.
While I was on vacation this summer, I had another thought on the value of vacation: to appreciate home. I love to take a vacation; although I have to admit that it can be quite stressful preparing for a vacation. I love to travel. I love to get away from familiar surroundings and routines. And I love coming home. Taking a vacation, especially a longer one (two or more week), gives me a renewed appreciation for home and the ordinary routines that are familiar and secure.
According to a Greek legend, in ancient Athens a man noticed the great storyteller Aesop playing childish games with some little boys. He laughed and jeered at Aesop, asking him why he wasted his time in such frivolous activity.
Aesop responded by picking up a bow, loosening its string, and placing it on the ground. Then he said to the critical Athenian, “Now, answer the riddle, if you can. Tell us what the unstrung bow implies?”
The man looked at it for several moments, but had no idea what point Aesop was trying to make. Aesop explained, “If you keep a bow always bent, it will break eventually; but if you let it go slack, it will be more fit for use when you want it.” – Our Daily Bread, June 6, 1994
People can also be like that. We need to be unstrung regularly: weekly and for extended times each year … holidays and a vacation.