What Love can do

By Jim Morris

When your young son loses his teddy bear and you’re 1,000 miles from home, you have a problem.  This happened to our family years ago and I won’t forget the resolution: a kind soul mailed ‘Little Brother’ back to RJ, thus restoring order in the world.

That’s a poignant example of what love can do.

I wonder how better our world would be if there was a little more unconditional love in it.

Jim Morris running marathon


Today, putting one foot in front of another, buoyed by the generosity of many, love was exhibited to people who desperately need it – homeless in the Sacramento area. I was able to run the California International Marathon, raising significant resources for the fantastic work being done at the Union Gospel Mission in Sacramento.

I’m so thankful for the sponsorships of my running the California International Marathon that raised enough for more than 850 meals at the Mission. Many thanks to the rice growers and handlers, Joe Nguyen, Keli Gwyn, Bonnie Perozzi, Ann Burris, Jeff Koch, Bruce Miller, Tony Bell, Steve Beckley, Kim Gallagher, Mary Kimball, Jonathan Small, Vicki Livingston and Dick and Johanne Owens for your support!

The race was rewarding but some five-hours of running is a massive test for me; although it’s a gentle stroll compared to life on the streets.

Union Gospel Mission homeless shelter

The Mission does great work. The number of homeless is rising and staggering. Hopefully, at least for today, we can be glad for a moment that love shined through.

Jim MorrisJim Morris is Communications Manager for the California Rice Commission. Jim has worked in communications for more than 20 years. When he’s not on the job, he enjoys his family, faith, football, outrageous monster stories and running marathons.