All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!


GFF - Luke 21:1-4

First United Methodist Church in  Charlotte, North Carolina has what they call a "Muffin Ministry."   Before church on Sunday they give out muffins to anyone who drops by.  Most weeks they feed about 150.  The area the church is in, has a high number of homeless people.

Lots of churches do similar things, soup kitchens, second hand stores etc.  That's not really surprising or unusual.  It's also not something most people pay attention to.

Every once in a while something heart warming happens in one of these ministries.  Maybe its an addict that decides to get clean, or a teenager who turns it around and goes back home.  When that sort of thing happens its easy to reach into your wallet and fork over $50 to keep the "Muffin Ministry" going.

What if you're touched by the "Muffin Ministry" and the work they are doing but don't have an extra $100, or $50 to give?  Well that's O.K. even an extra $20 will help.  What if you don't have an Andy Jackson?  Hey that's all right $5 or $10 is good.  What if you don't have that? 

What if the reason the "Muffin Ministry" touched your heart, had nothing to do with someone getting off booze or drugs or helping a run away find their way back home?  Maybe the "Muffin Ministry" touched your heart today because you hadn't eaten.  Maybe that muffin and coffee was the first decent thing you put into your stomach in days.  It touched your heart because they helped fill your belly.

It's just a muffin.  That someone cared enough to give.  To you. Because.  Because, you might need one.

You don't have $100 bucks or $20 or even $1, if you did you wouldn't be eating free muffins in the church basement.  Its a really good muffin and these folks did it for you and you want to give something back.

You don't have much but you give what you have, and a note explaining why it wasn't more.
“Please don’t be mad, I don’t have much,” someone penned on the outside of the envelope, left in a collection plate at First United Methodist Church. “I’m homeless. God Bless.”
18 cents and a note left in a collection plate.  With inflation I suspect that's about the same as a widow and her two mites.

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