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March 26, 2010
Vol. 51 No. 18

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The Chaplain's Corner

People do it all the time. They say, "I have a migraine" when what they really have is a garden-variety headache. They say, "I have strep throat" when what they really have is a sore throat. They say, "I'm starving!" when they are simply hungry.

Though generally innocent, this sort of hyperbole can have the unintended effect of diminishing the distress of those who really do suffer from migraines and bacterial infections, malnutrition and starvation.

Earlier this week, more than eighty members of the Susquehanna community went without food for thirty hours as part of an effort to raise funds for and awareness about the more than one billion people in the world who are chronically hungry, the six million children under age five who die each year from hunger-related causes, and the fact that poverty and warfare are among the leading causes of death by starvation.

God's world is capable of feeding all of God's people adequately. What is lacking is not food, but the will to distribute it justly.

The eighty or so who abstained from food know a hunger deeper than the craving for food; they are starving for justice. And that's no hyperbole.

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