Mondays are a busy day around here.
Last Christmas, Craig presented me with a gift certificate for some watercolor classes to rekindle my painting that I have not done since the late 70’s (I know, but I’m serious). The classes proved to be a refreshing drink to my creative soul, and for the meantime I have continued to take them. However, the class time starts before I could get back from downtown, so that is one draw back.
While I miss seeing the folks downtown, I am still able to continue to prepare the food, and so we are able to serve and be part of this blessing together.
There are over 200 people coming to the park now, which has greatly increased from when we originally started. Craig says there has been an increase in the women that are coming through the line.
Since OSS has started, some of the friends we’ve meet have been blessed by homes, jobs, marriages, and children. Dawn & Ernie are employed and have housing. Chuck is in permanent housing. Levi is married and has a child. (Chuck, and Levi will often come to the park to visit or assist, a sort of pay-it-forward).
Yes, there has been some that have been imprisoned or returned to prison. Some have disappeared. We have known some that have been attacked, and at least one that has died.
Today was an especially rainy day. Everyone was pretty wet today. The rain doesn’t care if you have a roof over your head or something to eat. People can care though.
Regardless of rain or shine (& even the occasional southern snow) every Monday this is our routine right now.
And we are blessed for it.
Monday Monday don’t go away.