September 3, 2008
Auntie Anne's Pretzels founder cites personal faith, Bible verses as reasons to give
Anne Bailer, who founded Auntie Anne's Pretzels cited her own faith and two Bible verses as reasons to give money to others.
Tonight in St. Paul, she told the audience that in 1975, her daughter was killed in a farming accident when she was 19 months old. "Although I had faith in God, and my family surrounding me, I felt despair," Bailer said.
Bailer announced the opening of The Family Center of Gap, a community-based center in Pennsylvania to help hurting families with physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
Here are a few excerpts:
True prosperity is a richness of heart and spirit. In Psalm 49, it says, 'Do not be overawed when people become rich, when the wealth of their house increases. For when they die, they will carry nothing away; their wealth will not go down after them.'
I've found -- with prosperity, comes responsibility. To whom much is given much is required.
Under John McCain's leadership, we will recommit ourselves to a greater good. To be our very best. To give hope to the hopeless. To give courage to the weak.
The prophet Isaiah said, we must, "share our bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless into our homes." This will cause our spirits to prosper.
I have learned the value of spiritual prosperity. Although my parents were not able to leave me an inheritance, they gave me the greatest gift of all -- a rich, Godly heritage.
As a woman of faith, I am committed to run the race, to stay the course and to be a beacon of light that will pierce the darkness so others may find their way.