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Love in Action

Posted Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at 9:45 AM

I read Mike Parry's Facebook entry Tuesday morning (Oct 16, 2012)and it struck a chord with me. All it said was, "For I was hungry and you fed me". These were words of Jesus in Matthew 25:35 but they have always been a standard for me in what Christianity was all about. It still is.

Here in the middle of an election campaign, I am a one-issue person. And that is the poor of this country. Who is committed to feed the poor and means to do something about it? Who will energize this country, or this city into feeding the poor in our midst without making them feel like pariahs? Who can reach out to those who are too proud to say they are hungry. I remember the example of my dad who would take money we desperately needed to share with those who needed a hand-out! I will never forget his kindness to everyone. He raised every person to his level and never had a clue what he was doing!

l John 3:17-18 says: "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need, but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth." In other words, we, as followers, are obligated to put our money where our mouth is. That is, after we wake up to the fact that people need all around us!

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I was director of alumni services and development at Southeast Missouri State University for 26 years and then retired. I also have my Master's in Religious Education from Midwestern Baptist Seminary in Kansas City, Mo. and have written for many religious publications. I was born in Charleston, Mo., daughter of a Baptist preacher, and I am the mother of three grown children.
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