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Loaves & Fishes Blog

To Give Up or Provide

One of the perks of having an office inside a church is the convenience of stepping next door for special midweek services. As I attended the noon Ash Wednesday service at St. Luke’s Lutheran, to mark the beginning of Lent, I was struck by a phrase used in a prayer: “Merciful... read more

How Sweet the Sound

We often say at Loaves & Fishes that we don’t expect folks to say thanks when we give them food. Sometimes the current crisis in their lives obscures everything else, sometimes it’s just too hard to acknowledge that they are in a place they never expected to be. But when so... read more

If Tables Could Talk

A friend saw the line “every meal has a story” in a local grocery store. How true! It made me think of special meals in my life; not all banquets or even holidays, but significant meals. I thought of all my cooking mistakes as a young bride – I didn’t know you had to cook... read more

Up On Whose Rooftop?

A co-worker likes to tell about one of her children who questioned why they were filling a shoebox for Samaritan’s Purse. “Why doesn’t Santa bring toys to poor kids?” Why indeed. I expect in the midst of the sheer overindulgence of this holiday season there are a lot of p... read more

I Think I See A Glimmer…

Wasn’t it just a few days ago we gathered round the turkey and transferred the stuffing from ole Tom to ourselves?  Now it is all eyes ahead – some to celebrate Hanakkuh for the next week and for many the shining star of Christmas just three weeks away.  At Loaves & ... read more

Lighting Up Eyes at Thanksgiving

It’s almost here – the holiday that says FOOD like no other.  At Christmas food is just part of the festivities.  But at Thanksgiving, dinner is everything.  Years ago I was helping in a pantry when a little boy, about 5 years old, looked at me and asked “Is that whole t... read more