“that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground which you bring in from your land that the Lord your God gives you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place where the Lord your God chooses to establish His name.”– Deuteronomy 26:2
Maybe you don’t have a garden. Maybe you’ve never grown edible plants. Maybe you’ve never even planted a seed. That’s okay, and it doesn’t have to mean that that maybe has to become never.
God has given us so so many gifts. I don’t just mean the gifts, talents, and blessings He bestows on us. I’m talking about actual gifts, like the water we need to survive and the food for our bodies’ nourishment. He gave us the soil and earth to grow in. He gave us the seeds and plants to tend to and harvest. He gave us the water for the plants to thrive. All for our nourishment. How amazing is that!
Maybe you’ve never grown your own food or have no interest because there’s always been food at the grocery stores, and that’s okay. But…
What if we grew food for others?
Really! Even if you’ve never touched a seed in your life, let’s work together and grow some food for others! I’m not saying plow your whole lawn and become a row crop farmer. I’m saying… find a pot or a place in your yard to plant an edible seed or plant. Water and tend to your plant. Anxiously anticipate its needs and the fruits of your care. And then, give some of those fruits to others.
The Social Apostolate has been in operation since 1968. Their mission statement says,
“ The Mission of the Social Apostolate of Savannah is to care for and empower the poor, homeless, disabled and ‘at risk’ people in the Savannah area in witness to the biblical values of charity and justice.”https://socialapostolate.org/history
We can help them with their mission by providing real, nutrient-dense food for the individuals they assist. All it takes is a seed and your time. Will you rise to the Grow Food For Others challenge? Will you give your first fruits to those who need it most?