Communion words for Zimbabwe’s state of disaster

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe declared a state of disaster yesterday because of the drought in rural parts of the south. The European Union urged Mugabe to make the declaration because it helps donors raise funds for food aid, which is currently needed by 2.4 million people in Zimbabwe, mostly in villages in the south, more than a quarter of the country’s population. Some fourteen million people throughout southern Africa, many in cattle raising areas are facing severe privation.

This is the bread we break
for you and me in these pews
and for those whose names we do not know
who live in Zimbabwe —
those whose maize is dried up,
those whose cattle are dying.

This is the cup we raise
for the thirsts of our hearts
and the thirsts of the children
of Mafamoti, Siyogijima, Mosvingo —
those who need rain.

Do this in remembrance
of the one who was sheltered in Africa,
who fed multitudes,
who was named living water,
who called holy giving a child
a cup of water,
and feeding the hungriest,
who suggested banging at midnight doors
to feed a new-come stranger,
whose side ran water,
and who was recognized not in words
but in breaking bread.

These are the gifts of God for the people of God –
teaching the people of God –
not only how to eat, but how to give.

Thanks be to God.

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2 Responses to Communion words for Zimbabwe’s state of disaster

  1. mbmankin says:

    Maren, such very powerful reminders of how we are all one in need of bread, of water, and of God’s blessings. Thank you!

  2. Maren says:

    You are very welcome!

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