Hunger Is Not a Disease

A Prayer to the Most Powerful Woman in the World

Somehow, when I’m in a food pantry, I feel the presence of Mother Mary.  She greets us and invites us to know her better.  She is also ready to sit with us on our spiritual and physical journeys.

People go to Mary with issues related to children and with healing of all kinds.  They go to Mary for forgiveness, compassion, and mercy.  That puts her square in the middle of the food pantry line.

Mary has no doctrine.  Nor does she have a dogma.  Mary’s story shows us she knows intimately about hunger, suffering, sorrow, and death.

Mary’s prayers count.

Mary waits for us to reach out to her.  Mary has been waiting for us long before we became aware of her.

Mary accepts us, whatever our beliefs.  She doesn’t care whether we follow an established religion or even no religion.  She accepts us as we come to her.  Mary belongs to all faiths, all religions, all paths, and all people.

She protects, heals, and guides us all.  She is there with us in the pantry line.  She offers comfort in troubled times.  Mary teaches that we all have value.

Sensing her presence, I feel  she is showing us how to turn our pain into life lessons to help us cope with and enjoy life.

If we listen, Mary protects us when danger lies ahead.

I write these things because I somehow know that they are real.  I know this to my bones.  I’m not sure how this knowing came about.  And, truthfully, I quit asking HOW a long time ago.

Working in a food pantry brought up questions that were dormant throughout my life.  I pondered, worried, and searched for answers for years.  I’ve finally decided that there are some things I don’t have the answers for yet.

And, so what.  Do I have to know the answers to everything?  After all, I’m only human.  And, an old human at that.

All I can do is say “thank you” to Mary for being here for us.

Thank you Mary for holding me up in the food pantry when the numbers were too high and getting higher every week.

Thank you for being there with us all in that line.


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