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Topic: Hunger (11/08/04)

TITLE: Hunger
By Georgia Gill-Elkins
11/13/04

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He stands on the corner each Sunday morning with a sign that reads "family man, will work for food." He is not asking for money, just willing to work to feed his family. To some this is no big deal but to this man it probably means his families next meal. Drivers pass him by without a thought, but he is only trying to survive. On another corner a group of people wait in line at the homeless shelter looking for food and a place to sleep. I watch as a woman rummages through a trash container, picks up an open can of pop and drinks what is left and eats a half eaten sandwich. On the table in an office the food is laid out, for those that hunger may eat. It does not matter if you can afford to donate it is there for the sharing. A child cries out in it's sleep because of hunger, and a mother weeps. Although she works hard, every penny she earn goes to bills.

Here in America food is plenty, yet hunger spreads through out our land. Yes, hunger stands before us but we try to block it out. We shut our doors against the hunger, pain and want of others. But hunger is not just an empty stomach. These people just want someone to care, a voice that says I love you, a hand to touch and a hug. The Bible reminds us of God's word to take care of the foreigners, the orphan and widows, those that are vulnerable to hunger and poverty. The Bible states that we have a responsibility to take care of each other. God's says that we are our brother and sisters keeper and it is the will of God that all be adequately fed daily. Spiritually and physically fed.

Georgia A. Gill-Elkins
November 13, 2004


Member Comments
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Corinne Smelker11/15/04
You're right - there is more to hunger than the physical pangs. But unless we feed the physical, we cannot reach the spirit.
Cyndy McNaul-Nelson11/17/04
Georgia;
Well said in few words. We've been feeding hungry children along our way. Today, I've heard the stats for Iowa;35.000 homeless and hungry in our state. In feeding the hungry, we also get the opportunity to share Jesus with them. Timely article in the hunger category. Thanks. cyndy
Deborah Anderson11/19/04
A lot said in few words. God bless you.