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During the opening chapters of The Hunger Games, it is time for the reaping of District 12, the selection of a male and a female to fight tributes from the eleven other districts for the amusement of the Capitol. Given the poverty of District 12, the selection almost guarantees death. Katniss Everdeen – the book's protagonist – offers a final word of support to her younger sister, Primrose, as they prepare for the afternoon. Prim's name is only in the lottery once. There is almost no chance of her selection. Katniss tries to draw hope from this. In the town square, she stands amongst the female tributes ages twelve to eighteen. Her eyes turn to a video from the Capitol, describing the Hunger Games as a sacrificial reminder of war costing children their lives. The games provide peace. Effie Trinkett, the Capitol's representative, calls attention to the tributes. Her hand dips into the bowl with the names of the female tributes. Her fingers lift a single slip. She unfolds the slip. "Primrose Everdee," she cries. Peacekeepers begin to lead Katniss’ sister away, when she steps out from the crowd. "I volunteer," she shouts. She takes her sister's place.—Jim L. Wilson and Aaron Huntley

-Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games (New York: Scholastic, 2008), 16-21.

This story demonstrates the greatest proof of love—the willingness to sacrifice for another. At the cross, Jesus did that and more.

1 John 4:10 (HCSB) “Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

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