Sometimes, folks just need someone to hold their hand and help them along. Grace extended brings humility to the soul. Humility brings freedom from the trappings of pride. It's not up to me to determine who is worthy and who isn't. The pressure is off when grace appears.
My favorite part about helping out at the food pantry tonight was chatting with the folks who needed assistance. They blessed me immensely. Observing those who operate the pantry welcome people and see to their needs was humbling, yet inspiring. It makes me want to go back again and to take a bunch of food with me!
Some of the shelves were empty, which broke my heart. It created a challenge in me to make the commitment to be intentional with grocery shopping by including a few extra items to donate to the pantry. Giving to the food pantry is an act of worship. I had forgotten, but there is no condemnation from this challenge. Just a subtle reminder to myself to remember those who have less than me.
A Food Pantry Haiku II...
pantry shelves empty
what about the golden rule?
remember to give
I hope this isn't too preachy... Please know I am writing to myself just as much as I am to anyone reading this. May God bless you :)