SOL: Serving Increased Thankfulness

Today my children heard “Thank you” so many times they were humbled.

Today our family served an evening meal to a homeless shelter in our community. We cooked with fellow church friends and then delivered the meal to the home that serviced 25 people. We were created cheerfully and then set up the food line. My kids were not exactly excited about going. “What will the people be like? What are we to do?” They were nervous and felt uncomfortable. They changed.

Today my children learned homeless people are real, are normal, are like them. The clients interacted with us and asked the kids about school. They wanted to know if they were enjoying summer. The men and women shared about their work activities or family. They interacted.

Today we heard, “Oh thank you for the food.”  We responded kindly and shared we were glad to do it. “We really appreciate your kindness.” We responded with letting them know others had helped us in our time of need. “Thank you so much.”  My children smiled and offered more. They responded.

Today my children said “Thank you” to me as we headed home.

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5 Responses to SOL: Serving Increased Thankfulness

  1. the other ruth says:

    MH, this is wonderful! You gave your kids a great gift today.

  2. Linda Baie says:

    I liked the way you spoke of this day, the lines “They were nervous and felt uncomfortable. They changed.” said so much. What a wonderful thing you showed your children, that we are all in this together, and to help is a great kindness. I imagine they will not soon forget your experience.

  3. Elizabeth G. says:

    What a gift and a great lesson. I vividly remember helping at the food shelter when I was younger. My mom would tell me stories about some of their bumpy journeys. I left the first day surprised at how much love could be shared with a smile and some food.

  4. Tam says:

    Humbled, changed, interacted, responded, and a big “thank you!”–what an evening!!!! Great writing, too!

  5. Nora says:

    Such a thoughtful post. Thank you!

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