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What Love Can Do

Sometimes, there are mountains that seem far too steep to ever be conquered.  You know what that is like…the finances that are needed but there is no possible way for you to raise that amount; the job that you want, but your qualifications are lacking; the trip you would love to take, but you can barely get to and from home with the money you make.   When you are up against a wall too big for your cleverness to fix, and you need to find an answer, that is a perfect time to look up to your Heavenly Father and place your need before Him and see what He impresses on our mind for you to do.   He can move in ways that you cannot see or understand.

Raymond Dunn, Jr. was born in New York State in 1975. It was reported at the time of his birth, the baby had a skull fracture and severe oxygen deprivation, causing extreme retardation. The boy would never be normal in any sense of the word.

As he grew, other problems became known. He suffered up to 20 seizures a day; he was blind; he was mute; and he was unable to move any part of his body. In addition, the young child had allergies to everything except one kind of food. And that food is all he could eat. It was a meat- based product that was only made by the Gerber baby food company.

In 1985, Gerber Foods stopped making that food. In a panic that only a mother could know, his mother travelled throughout the country, buying up all the formula she could find in stores. But in 1990, her supply simply ran out.

Knowing her ill son would die without it, she appealed to the Gerber Food Company on compassionate grounds to start remaking it so her son could live. The employees of the company listened; and, in an unprecedented action, they volunteered hundreds of hours, above their normal work shifts, and brought out the old equipment used to make the food she needed.

With permission from the Food and Drug Administration, they were able to set up a production line and get all the necessary ingredients to start making that food again . . . for just one boy . . . for no profit . . . and no personal rewards.

In January 1995, Raymond Dunn, Jr., known as the “Gerber Boy,” died from his physical problems. However, through his very rough life, and unbeknownst to him, he was responsible for seeing a revival in this nation for something called “compassion”. The story of his death was put in most of the newspapers in America, and the nation mourned along with his mother.

Jesus, the Christ, was teaching about compassion.  He was talking to a religious leader who asked Him the question, “Who is my neighbor?” What he really meant was, “Who should I love?” or “Who should I have compassion for?” Jesus responded with the “Parable of the Good Samaritan.”

As we read this parable, we need to understand that this story is simply used as an example of the need for compassion. The situations that we find ourselves in – the ones that require our compassion – will be very different than the one described by Jesus, but the issue remains exactly the same: “How will we respond when compassion is called for?”  (Copied).