(a post by Shane Patrick)
I opened the bag and took a look inside. I was so hungry, since the last time I ate was an early dinner at the community kitchen in Boulder the day before. “What the…? Are they serious?” I asked Shay. Our eyes met in agreement, this is the exact thing that we had been talking about for days now. We opened the bags that were given to us from a soup line in the alley behind a church (Not demeaning at all!) and inside were two sandwiches, each consisting of slightly hard multigrain bread, a slice of yellow cheese and a round, thick piece of ham.
We’ve been wondering about this for some time now, and believe that something needs to be said. Just because you are giving someone a free meal, does that mean that all you have to do is give them some form of sustenance and be done with it, or should you first ask the question, “I wonder if the people I am serving will like this? Would I eat this?”
I thank everyone that gives of themselves for the greater good, whether you are serving because GOD has told you to do so, or if you are volunteering to meet court orders, or even if you are serving a meal just to say you’ve done your good deed for the week.
Unfortunately I only ate the cheese, as did Shay, but since we don’t believe in wasting what is given to us, we fed the pigeons in the square and gave Zuzu the ham. When we took the trash to the garbage can, we were sad to see it full of everyone else’s sandwiches.
I must say that these guys are providing to those in need, and they do it 6 days a week. I was very thankful for the cup of chili that I received with the sandwiches. God promised me that I won’t go hungry, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” –Matt 6:26. God uses us all for his divine way, even if it’s to feed the pigeons.