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I admit it, my life revolves around food. I start the day with breakfast; eggs, toast and tea. By noon time, my stomach is growling and asking for more to eat, and I unfailingly grant its wish. Because of my own feelings about food, I have extra empathy for those who do not have enough to eat.

Today, our Lutheran Church celebrated “God’s Work, Our Hands”. One of our group projects was a specialty of mine, something I do with my own children on a monthly basis. We made 128 bag lunches for the homeless. Bologna and cheese sandwiches, apple sauce and potato chips. When the production was finished, Marie and I drove to the local agency for the homeless and dropped them off. This is something we have done on a regular basis. Years ago, when we started this tradition, Marie was wary of the people milling about outside the building. Some were dirty, some were minorities, some with disabilities, some with obvious mental illness; scary people to a young girl. But, through the years, Marie has become comfortable dropping off food. Now, she understands. She smiles at them and waves “hi”. She says “thank you” in sign language when they open the door for her. And today she proudly placed the work of her hands and the hands of our congregation on the counter. As she turned around to leave, I am sure that she did as I do; appreciates that our own stomachs never have to go without food. Making lunches is such a small sacrifice for us to make. Minuscule, really, when considering the depth of hunger that abounds. But not minuscule to those few who had lunch today.

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Comments on: "My Stomach Growls When I am Hungry" (25)

  1. betternotbroken said:

    Sometimes when you are living day by day, that sandwich promised at noon and the scone you had before it keeps you sane, so many people do not truly understand what it is like to truly be hungry and yet millions others do.

  2. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez said:

    That is a lovely act of feeding the hungry and there are so many. ❤

    My husband says that in Peru when he was young that they used to say the growling stomach was the "big tripe eating the little tripe." He says he's sure that the only tripe he has left is the big one.

  3. I love that you have taught your kids compassion! These are lessons that will remain with them all their lives.

  4. Thank you for sharing your compassion. Blessings to you

  5. I work at a local day shelter for homeless men, and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you all! People who are homeless often are invisible in their local communities, and you fed more than their stomachs, as you also fed their spirits. My daughters have volunteered at the day shelter, too, and our family motto is that when you are in a position to help someone else, you should. Again, thanks for making a positive difference in the lives of those who truly need all of the kindness and compassion that this world has to offer.

  6. I remember getting the homemade food handed out at the missions. It was a hundred times better than the industrial kitchen food. I am glad you gave out meals. We always wanted the main part of the bag the most, the sandwich. More than the dessert, despite being kids. Probably our bodies knew what we needed.

  7. What a wonderful thing to teach your children!!

  8. I completely agree with you. Great blog post

  9. I love that you are teaching the children compassion. It is such a shame that others don’t teach their children the same. 🙂

  10. What a generous and special thing to do. Showing by example is the best way of teaching your children.

  11. Aaaaaw…that so sweet. Every thank you, appreciation, is a prayer for you and that little angel…I know that feeling, when you see tht smile and know you responsible…May the Almighty Shower you and your family with many, many Blessing and may He lighten your paths by day an soften your pillows by night….Stay blessed

  12. It’s SO important to instill that into our kids, young. I can’t tell you how incredible it is that you’ve gotten your kids to see the harsh reality that some people have it really really tough, but instead of them being scared of it or treating these people differently, you have taught them to step up and be the change that the world needs. KUDOS to you. Seriously. 🙂

  13. Thanks for the good reminder, not just on the situation of hunger, but the willingness to serve others. 🙂

  14. I love that you do this with your kids, such a great lesson!

  15. I am nominating you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I am sure that you have been nominated for this many times, but I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize your wonderful writing style and my awe at what, for you, is all in a day’s work. http://amapofcalifornia.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/

  16. “she proudly placed the work of her hands and the hands of our congregation on the counter.” That’s beautiful. Acknowledging the love both in the work of her own hands but also the true community of the body of Christ.

  17. That;s beautiful how she acknowledged the work of her own hands but also the communion of saints in the congregation as well.

  18. Reblogged this on counselorssoapbox and commented:
    Something to think about.

  19. Hello, I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the ‘One Lovely Blog’ award. You’re blog is fab :O) You don’t need to do the entry if you do not want to, but I wanted to nominate you all the same.

  20. Congratulations. I have nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I stand in awe of your ability to keep moving forward given all you’ve accepted into your life. God bless you and your kids and everybody who is there to support you.

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