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Feed My Sheep

This morning we answered a call to assist ALIVE distribute food to the needy of Alexandria at Church of the Resurrection.  We were "first timers", neophytes, when we walked in.  People were busy moving about in all kinds of directions, almost kinetically bouncing off of one another, working to bag food.  I started helping set up tables outside in preparation for the produce truck delivery from the Capital Area Food Bank.  Chrissie was un-boxing things to be sorted.

Once the initial set-up was complete, we were able to catch our breath while we waited on the truck to arrive.  There were already lots of  folks queuing up outside the doors.  I had some time to visit with a man who worships at St. Clement's and lives at Goodwin House.  He is involved in the chaplaincy work at GH, so I mentioned I had just mailed off my CPE application.  Once the produce truck arrived and offloaded its contents, we were ready to go.     

Mostly Koreans, some Hispanics and Latinos, Afro-Americans and others came through the assembly line, collecting bags of food stuffs, eggs, meat, and a bag of potatoes.  Then they came to my station where I was doling out bread and bags of salad.  Some try to 'beat the system' to get more than they need (apparently in order to sell it to others) and the rest are reluctant to take more than they can eat before the food spoils.  All are more than grateful for what they receive.  The people there working were all very gracious too.

The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep" - John 21:16-18.

What began as 'blessed chaos' ended up 'a good tired'.  Thank you, Lord.