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November 29, 2008 / alunatunes

November 29-Gleaning

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

What words will you utter and live by this holiday season? Will you utter words about doing for others, involvement in community and lending a helping hand, only to fall short of your verbal promises? Indeed we spend much in words and promises this time of year, as the plight of the homeless, the hungry and the impoverished is made to apparent to us. We would do well to remember that poverty in our society is an ongoing dilemma, not one that just manifests between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The Society of St Andrew caught my attention. This is a group of people who glean fields in order to gather the leftover produce from farms to donate to agencies feeding the hungry. It is a most marvelous concept, dating from Biblical times, when God said farmers should not harvest every grain, but rather leave the outer edges of the field for the “poor and strangers among you.”

Consider finding out more about the Society of St Andrew and learn if there is a chapter close to you. Gleaning fields to provide food to the hungry is only one way we can make a true difference not just for the holiday season but throughout the year. Remember to not only talk about change but make it a part of your daily life,whether you choose to glean, donate food or clothing or make a gift of your time to a charitable organization.

Martin Luther proclaimed, “Music is a far and glorious gift of God.” Return thanks for your gifts of source and spirit by donating your time to others.


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