I love football. I really do. But I struggle to understand a world where football players are paid millions and corporate America spends millions for 15-second advertising spots during the game, and there are still millions of people without enough food to eat.
And then I heard about the Souper Bowl. Yes, you heard (read) me correctly – the “Souper Bowl of Caring” has been happening since 1990 (I know…I’m probably the last to hear about it). It was inspired by this prayer by a seminary intern in the Presbyterian Church:
“Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat”.
I heard about this through some of our local United Methodist churches who were participating in the “Souper Bowl” weekend activities, and I learned through the Souper Bowl web site that this simple prayer has inspired a youth-led movement to collect food donations or serve meals to the homeless and disadvantaged in their neighborhoods, to help hungry and hurting people around the world. Check it out at www.souperbowl.org.
Wow. That’s cool. Did any of you know about this? I’m so proud of our youth, of our churches, of God’s people who, in addition to enjoying an awesome day of football and fun, are also trying to love their neighbors and work for the sake of the gospel. Go team!
Oh, and by the way, since the Patriots are out this year (yeah, I’m from New England), who are we rooting for out there?? :-)
—Alice (Alexx) Wood
Sterling Online since June 2010