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Most of us won't suffer severe hunger this week.  Or will we?
Dear Friends,

Good day to you!  I hope this finds you and your loved ones feeling well, and
all going smoothly where you live.  Here in the Mountain Empire Region of Upper
East Tennessee, life is beautiful.  Leaves are changing all around, and
temperatures are reminding us that we are now in Autumn.  What a wonderful world
the Lord has given us!

Thanks for allowing me to visit again.  I hope something I have prepared for
today will be helpful to you.  If so, please share this with someone.  Encourage
them to become subscribers, too.  We'd really like to add more to our list of
readers.

Is there any way I can be of help to you?  Please don't hesitate to say so if
there is.  In the meantime, enjoy this beautiful time of the year!


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"LightGrams"
October 16, 2014
Volume 18, Number 33

"World Food Day"

Today would have been my father's 93rd birthday.  He's been gone now for nearly
9 years, but he'll never be forgotten.  His was not an easy life; working for
the coal mines of Eastern Kentucky didn't make him wealthy.  But one thing is
certain: We were never hungry.  Through his hard work we always had plenty of
food.

The same can't be said for people in many parts of the world.  True, some don't
have enough because they don't work hard, but that doesn't explain most of the
world's hunger.  In places like Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, food supplies
are shrinking because of the Ebola outbreak.  In other places drought has
decimated crops.  In war-torn countries, it's not safe to get out to garden or
to even go to market.

Since 1945, October 16 has been celebrated as "World Food Day" (established by
the United Nations) to draw attention to the needs of people throughout the
world.  It's hard for many of us to understand chronic hunger.  But occasions
like this at least make me pause and try to understand.

Imagine this hypothetical scenario: people starving, even though food is within
their reach.  They simply refuse to eat what is before them!  Would that not be
a tragedy?

In Amos 8:11, God spoke of dark days ahead for Israel.  Earlier statements in
this book  show that the people had turned a deaf ear to God.  Commands He had
given to them - for their good - were ignored or rejected.  Soon they would pay
a dear price for their obstinance.

Here's what God said through the prophet: "'Behold, the days are coming,' says
the Lord God, 'That I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor
a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord" (Amos 8:11).

Such a prediction wouldn't frighten some.  But it should.  The words of the Lord
are vital for us.  Jesus taught this: "It is the Spirit who gives life; the
flesh profits nothing.  The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are
life" (John 6:63).  Life comes from the words of the Lord?  That's the claim He
made.

In that passage some turned away from following Jesus because they were offended
by things He said.  But not Peter: "Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the
words of eternal life" (John 6:68).  Peter knew the importance of this spiritual
food.

On World Food Day let us remember the millions who suffer chronic hunger, and do
what we can to help.  But may we especially give thought to the food our souls
need.  And let us develop healthy habits of partaking of what God has placed
before us.

Come to the light God offers!  Study His word, the Bible.  Worship Him in spirit
and truth (John 4:24).  Get in touch with us if you'd like to discuss these
ideas further.

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Copyright, 2014, Timothy D. Hall. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise
noted, are from the New King James Version (Copyright, 1990, Thomas Nelson,
Inc.).

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