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A Glimpse of Hunger
by Connie Faust

Tuesday, July 07, 2009
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A calamity I had not seen before; a scene I will long remember


(His mother was in another room when this happened, but entered shortly after)

"I'm HUNGRY!"  he roared, and he kicked the wall hard -- 
His face was transformed by his rage!

Such fury, contained in a package so small --
a natty-haired boy, only 5 years of age.

How could I have known he'd not eaten that day,
though the afternoon plodded along;
(my lunch had been tasty, enjoyed long before)
I tried to correct him and show him his wrong

My teaching fell flat when his mother appeared;
my words fled in compassionate sighs;
As she laid out the depth of their neediness,
the glare of their poverty opened my eyes. 

I'll never forget that little guy's anger,
as his mother explained their sad state.
He couldn't understand why their table was bare;
He only knew that his hunger was great

Please God, reach down and love others through me,
and give me discernment for every day,
so I can do something to make their lives bright
and help them to see You along their way.

"I was hungry, and ye gave me food; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in..........Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."  
                  (Matthew 25:35 & 40b)

 

 

 

 

 

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Reviewed by Gene Williamson 10/3/2010
Unquestionably sad, Connie...but so skillfully and, yes,
beautifully crafted. Still, we can't shake the sadness
of this awful reality in so many lives. -gene.
Reviewed by John Domino 7/30/2009
A wake-up call for all, me included!

Thanks
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 7/13/2009
How sad, Connie. Brings home how important it is for our children (and all children are "ours") to be nourished...with both food and love! Oh, the things we take for granted...{sigh}.
Blessings and Love - Micke
Reviewed by neerja gandhi 7/9/2009
ahh sad.
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 7/9/2009
A powerful piece,well written,take care

EDWIN
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 7/8/2009
...such moving words Connie that move me to tears.
Always,
Christine
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/8/2009
Great lesson in this, Connie; powerfully penned!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/8/2009
Wise write and good advice that sadly all too many tend to ignore in this world

hugs\fee
Reviewed by Paul Berube 7/8/2009
Great lesson and reminder in this write, Connie. Thank you for sharing it and God bless.
Reviewed by larry linville 7/8/2009
As I read this I was thinking of that scripture with which you ended. You set it up beautifully.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 7/7/2009
Connie, there was a time when my children were very small that I would sit and cry and the table praying there would be something left over for me to eat. I went all the way down to 80 pounds, so I know the disdain and anger of looking into a child's eyes when they are hungry....

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Cryssa C 7/7/2009
Ah...but you couldn't have known... Thanks for the lesson we all need a reminder of...
Cryssa
Reviewed by Daniel Keith 7/7/2009
Beautifully written Connie. It makes one stop and think about the things they need to do for their fellow man. May God Bless You.
Daniel
Reviewed by Connie Faust 7/7/2009
I just want to add that even now, as I read this, it brings tears to my eyes and sadness to my heart, knowing there are children who are hungry, neglected and abused, many brought up by angry, uncaring parents. This boy really brought it home to me.
Connie



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