Freedom from Want

An idyllic portrait of Thanksgiving, Norman Rockwell called this work, "Freedom from Want," a thought certainly worth celebrating. It reminds me of Franklin Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms," announcing his vision for the world: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

I long to live in such a world, as I'm sure you do. Roosevelt calls it "a world attainable in our own time and generation." It's hard to imagine, isn't it? Is it remotely possible? Our cynicism runs deep these days.

And yet, our hope in Christ inspires us and calls us to join God's great liberating work. FDR was not the first to envision such a world. Biblical faith stands decidedly with the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the oppressed. We who are doubly blessed must lead the way. 


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