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Topic: Light and Dark (05/21/09)
- TITLE: Out of Darkness comes the light
By debora spadafora
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Inside the church laid the body of her uncle, the man these people were all here to pay their respects to and to say their final farewell. He was a gentle man, a loving husband and father of two but most importantly, he was the epitome of humane. Her family saw him as just a simple man who went to work every day to provide for his family but there was so much more to him that they were not aware of. Today was the day their eyes were opened to the truth.
Her uncle lived in a very poor country where strife was an everyday occurrence and hardship was reflected in the many faces he observed on a daily basis. The country was experiencing riots, discrimination and a shortage of food. People were desperate. Children were starving and so he decided to help in any way he can. Some of these people were his customers at one time or another but now they are struggling to provide for their families. There were long lineups just to buy a pound of sugar or flour or milk. The basic necessities of everyday life but there was very little food to be had. This, however, did not deter him. Whatever little he could put his hands on he gave to the poor and hungry. He did this every day without anyone knowing. The colour of their skins meant nothing to him. All he saw was the need to feed the hungry. There were countless times he put his life at risk to achieve his goal without a single thought for his own safety.
He was a god-faring man who taught his family to respect all people and to treat everyone with the dignity they deserved. He never had a negative thing to say about anyone and could always find the humour in any given situation. He taught his family the true meaning of faith and his trust and belief in God was exemplary to say the least. This was the way he lived his life to the end. He was her hero and a true inspiration to her. To the thousands of poor people who filled the church and lined up outside to pay their respects, he was a friend, someone who cared. Someone who never looked down at them or treated them with indifference.
If only there were more people like this little girl’s uncle today, then this world would be a happy place for everyone. He was a beacon of light for these poor people.
God gave us the gift of a heart to love, a soul to care and strength to endure whatever difficulties come our way. It is our obligation to help in any way we can, it is our rite of passage.
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