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I learned last week that “John,” one our guests of CSK was in the hospital and near death with the COVID-19 virus and underlying conditions. He had put my name down as an emergency contact. Had I not been listed for contact, I’d have never known.
I was checking up on a friend in Wisconsin who is 102 and is carefully watching her situation at home while her nephew delivers food and necessities. She is a marvelous person. When I called, she said, “I should be checking up on YOU. And how are you doing?” After that intro, she went on to say, “Isn’t it wonderful how a time like this brings out the best in people?” I said, “Yes, both the best and the worst (thinking of the scammers out there), and she replied, “Yes, but more so the best.” How could I argue with a woman who has been around for more than a century?!! So, I was thinking of the best, and two examples came to mind. Here they are:
“Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” (James 2:15-16).
“You prepared a place for me” is a theme you can sense that runs throughout Scripture, especially in the Gospel of John and in Psalm 23. It’s a central goal of our mission here at the Soup Kitchen