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You Give Them Something to Eat

by Marguerite M. Rourk

“What’s in a name?” asks Juliet referring to young Mr. Romeo Montague. “...that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet...” (Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare).

Miss Capulet was right. What matters is what something is, not what it’s called. And like a rose, hunger by any other name is still hunger. The Bible contains nearly 100 references to some form of the word hunger, or to longing, yearning, or desiring as hungering. True, there is a kinder hunger, a pleasant anticipation, a gentle craving for someone or something beloved, or for yesteryears as memories recall or sentiments idealize them.

What we probe here, however, is hunger for food and other hungers that are powerful forces, needs and motivators in our lives. Our probing is different though, for we probe as believers in the Triune God, the Father who loved us into being at creation, the Son who loved us into living by dying for us, and the Spirit who blew holy breath into us for now and forever.

Jesus sent out his disciples telling them “Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.” We know that our Lord gave these directions for us as well.

The Rev. Dr. Marguerite M. Rourk shares her life with David, her husband of 43 years, their sons Edwin of Portland, Ore., and Matthew of Asheville, N.C., The Incomparable Grandson Tiernan, the same two old cats... and Roger the ferret who is, as ever, in charge. Maggie and David now live in Portland where she serves the Oregon Synod as a supply and interim pastor.

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