Every morning this sweet boy wakes up and asks for his “muk” and his “pop pop”. He knows how to open the pantry to find his “pop pop” and tries his hardest to pull open the fridge door to get his own “muk”. That milk and pop tart are essential to us in the mornings. We always have an extra gallon of “muk” in the fridge out in the garage and we always have a stash of pop tarts hidden in the pantry. We think nothing of it. We don’t realize how blessed we are to not only have what we need to meet his immediate need, but we have enough supply to meet the need for days and even weeks.
Sometimes I think about it. It breaks my heart to think about it. What if one morning he woke up and there was no “muk” or “pop pop”. What would I say or do and how would he react? How would I fill his little belly? Yes, I would go to a food pantry or find government assistance, more than likely, but what if we did not have that available to us? What if he lived in the Horn of Africa and we had a famine that had killed over 29,000 children under the age of 5…what would we do?
Yes, this is heavy and depressing, but we take our food supply forgranted and do not realize how extremely blessed we are when there are others right under our nose and across the globe starving and malnourished.
I have never really been hungry. Yes I have been late to a meal, but I have not ever known true hunger. Someone asked me this week if hunger had ever been a struggle for my family since I was so passionate about it. Fortunately, it has not been a struggle for us. We have always been blessed to have plenty to eat…and often more than we need! I think it is a passion because it is so basic and so real. How can we let anyone be hungry in this rich nation we live in when we waste so much without regard to those in need? The famine in the Horn of Africa is a new burden of mine. I ask you to pray with me about that horrible famine killing hundreds of thousands of people. I can’t even wrap my mind around that. Yet I do know that our great God loves those people just like he loves us and we should pray for them.
This month is hunger action month. Each Food Friday this month will be about an action we can take to help the hungry. Arkansas is the hungriest state in the nation. 1 in 6 of deals with hunger in the Natural State. You are among people each day that do not know where their next meal will come from, if they will have “muk” or a “pop pop” in the morning for their baby, or if they should fill their meds or buy food. These could be people you work with, that serve you lunch or scan your groceries, these could be people on your street or in your church pew.
What will you do this month to take action against hunger?