Do you believe in miracles, I want you to believe
I see them each and every day
In the eyes of a hungry child, I can see what you can do
With the Seed of That Miracle that's in you
The words written above make up the beginning verse of "Seed of the Miracle," a song written by Gary James, a local musician, producer, entertainer and humanitarian.
James wrote the song in 11 minutes -- on a Martin Guitar -- after listening to Tina Smith, president of the Nazareth Area Chamber of Commerce, speak about the new Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, which serves residents of the Bath and Nazareth areas.
"I saw the passion in her eyes as she talked about the soup kitchen," said James.
As Smith talked more in depth about Loaves and Fishes, a topic "near and dear" to her heart, James became inspired and the words flowed.
The first meal was served on November 13 at Christ UCC Church in Bath, and James played "Seed of the Miracle" as residents sat down with hot, healthy meals.
"It was wonderful. The room got very quiet," said James of the performance. "I think everyone in the room connected to it. In this day and age, I believe it's important for people to connect in some way and I believe the song was a catalyst that allowed that connection to happen."
Smith couldn't hold back her emotion when she heard the song for the first time.
"We were driving together to a mutual appointment when he played the song for me," remembers Smith. "He looked over at me and asked me if I liked it. I was literally sitting there bawling."
Meals are served at 12 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month at the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, according to Smith. As need and support grows, Smith hopes more days will be added each month.
"Seed of the Miracle" is more than a song for the kitchen and is being put to good use. It can be purchased at www.genuinecaring.com for $1.99. From that purchase price, $1.00 will be donated to the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen.
James has also written songs that benefit St. Jude's Children Hospital, the Disabled Americans Veterans Trust, the Megan Merry Marchers, and others.
"I want to help organizations raise funds and I can use my music to do just that," said James.
The next meal at the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen will be held on December 11 at 12 p.m.
To make a donation or to volunteer, call the Chamber at (610) 759-9188 or Christ UCC Church at (610) 837-0345.