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A Year of Jubilee

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July 22, 2019
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I would like to try a year
without plastic.

But what would I do with the plastic wrappers
from the Honey Buns
my neighbors bring me?

I would like to try a year
without waste.

But what would I do with the bubbles and toys
from the dollar store
that my neighbors bring me?

I would like to try a year
of poverty.

But what would I do with the wealth
of compassion,
of tenderness,
of generosity?

How do I tell Sharon,
“No, thank you.
No more individual yogurts.
No more Kool-Aid and tea.
No more pre-packaged food,
piled high from a superabundant food-bank haul,
divided among us.”

Grace J. Humbles
Grace J. Humbles is a member of Chattanooga Valley Presbyterian Church. She lives with her husband, two kids, and some recklessly generous neighbors in North Georgia. Grace is the Communications Officer for LifeNet International, an NGO working to improve the quality of primary health care in sub-Saharan African health clinics. You can connect with her on Twitter @gracehumbles and Instagram.

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