It’s Christmas day, the end of the year 2010. Many of us are awakening to special breakfasts filling the house with delectable aromas and gifts to open in the warm embrace of family and friends…but not all of us.
What does it mean to be hungry? How does it feel to be alone? How can that be relieved on any day…but especially on Christmas? Here in the 253, although not nearly so much as most other places in the world, hunger and loneliness are a daily concern. Children, families and the homeless go hungry. But no one has to starve. Clearly, if you have an empty belly, if your children are hungry, the primary concern is to find nourishment. The secondary concern is finding shelter, a safe place to stay. There are so many degrees of these basic needs to be met, and Here in the 253 there are many avenues for finding help and hope.
Here in the 253 there are many hardworking organizations that strive each and every day to provide for at least the minimum basic needs of people in dire conditions. Here in the 253, in fact just down the street, there is The Food Connection, The Hospitality Kitchen and Operation: Keep ‘Em Warm and Fed. Our general populace is well schooled in giving. It’s something most of us do without any strain or worry of personal sacrifice.
But there is a larger hunger in the world, as well as Here in the 253. There is the Great Hunger…from the Gaelic: An Gorta Mor. Does this hunger have anything at all to do with how laden your table is with food? Once your belly is full, does food have anything at all to do with this deeper unsatisfied hunger…this unquenched thirst?
Even in the midst of the struggle for survival, the An Gorta Mor cries out in the wilderness searching for Love. There is a Great Hunger for Love and belonging, acceptance and appreciation, recognition and respect. There is a Great Hunger to be seen and heard, honored and counted, to be understood, to matter. There is a Great Hunger to create and express, find meaning and connection, contentment and satisfaction. There is a Great Hunger to continue, to find Peace and feel Hope.
On this Christmas morning, I pray that each being on earth find nourishment for our bellies and gifts that nourish our hearts and souls. May our An Gorta Mor…our Great Hunger for Love and Peace be understood as a gift that once opened, is shared freely and lavishly with All.
On this Christmas morning in 2010, may you be graced with gifts that bring Peace to your mind and Love and Joy into your heart.
Blessed Be in this Season of New HOPE. xoxoxoxox !!!