How much is enough? Scripture has a treasure trove of advice for defining enough and even more advice on how to make sure everyone has enough. And not merely enough to survive; rather, enough to thrive. To thrive we need enough food, nutritious food. To thrive we need enough space to live, safe, warm, and dry space. To thrive we need enough warm clothes and good shoes. To thrive we need enough clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. Access to a sound education and access to healthcare help round out the list.
During this season of Lent we hope you will consider how much is enough and how we can all work together to make sure everyone has enough. No doubt, there will always be some who have more than others. Still, our faith compels us to create safety nets for those who don’t have enough—think Medicaid or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Our faith implores us to enact legislation that allows those who don’t have enough the means to acquire more—think living wage or affordable housing. These are not partisan political matters, but matters of faith lived out in everyday experiences of having enough. Join us in this Lenten journey toward God’s abundance where everyone has enough.
We hope this guide will provide an opportunity for prayerful reflection within your faith community, your family, and on your own.