Most gracious and compassionate God, how thankful I am this morning for the love you pour into Your children’s lives. We are sustained through Your everlasting mercy and your grace. I praise You for Your presence that never leaves nor forsakes us.
Today, we have another gift, the multitude of opportunities to reflect that love and grace You have already shown us. Help us embrace that gift. Help us reach out to those most in need of love and compassion.
Empower us through Your Holy Spirit to be ambassadors of reconciliation. Let us be true peacemakers in a world filled with conflict and violence. Let Your love flow through us that all those around us would feel Your love and acceptance.
Especially, Lord, I would ask that those who are fleeing their homes might know Your strength. Allow them a sense of Your presence that they might have a respite from their fear. And allow us who live in safety to reach out to them with the aid and relief most needed. Grant us all a spirit of hospitality.
Give us more love, Lord.
All of this we ask in the Name of the risen Christ. Amen
We can change the world. And school feeding programs are helping make it happen. We can end hunger by 2030. All it takes is caring enough to act.
It’s now 0340. That’s early, even for me. I am up, however, because I have a 0540 flight from Lynchburg to Pittsburg. (Actually, I need to fly to Charlotte first, but the ugly reality is that I still have to be at the airport by 0430.)
This is one of the primary reasons that LYH is my least favorite airport. Don’t get me wrong. I definitely do not mind small airports. I love flying into dirt strips that don’t even have control towers. I do it all the time.
But in a city the size of Lynchburg it would be nice to have a legitimate airport. Our’s doesn’t even have a snack bar. I just flew into and out of Fort St. John, British Columbia a couple days ago. Even that tiny airport in the far north of Canada has a real (albeit small) cafe onsite.
To make matters worse, there is only a single destination you can reach from the Lynchburg airport. You can fly to Charlotte, North Carolina. That’s it. To get to any other destination one must first go to Charlotte where there’s a real airport, even if it is 200 miles in the wrong direction.
That’s why I am up yet again at 0330. Lynchburg really needs to get a decent airport.
This past Wednesday I was privileged to join together with Stop Hunger Now international affiliate directors and over 1,000 HP employees in Kuala Lumpur as we packaged over 300,000 meals for the hungry. I left the event to catch my plane to China and on to Fort St. John, Canada to attend the Rotary District 5370 Conference here in Dawson Creek where I addressed the conference Friday morning.
Beginning Friday afternoon, the conference participants and the Dawson Creek community worked together to package over 286,000 Stop Hunger Now meals. What an honor it was to be a small part of such powerful events.
The packaging event with HP was a powerful demonstration of corporate social responsibility while the the Rotary packaging event illustrates the power of our partnerships with civic groups. Rotary District Governor Tim Schilds has a goal of District 5370 packaging a million meals this year. The district is off to a great start, and I am sure the goal will be reached.
During these two events participants worked together to provide over a half a million meals for hungry children around the world. As one couple from Poland attending the event here in Dawson Creek said to me, ‘This is very good. We need to do it more.”
I agree. Working together we are demonstrating that we can end hunger in our lifetime.