Communion

Communion

November 10, 2014

November Update

So now the weather turns! the nights and days are first cooler then colder and all too soon there will be snow and ice. Some, indeed many, of our people, are caught a little off guard in late October. Just weeks before sneakers and cotton clothes sufficed. Now, "pastor Mair, pastor Bob, pastor Jeff," whichever one of us is walking Congress street or at the Resource Center or in one of the Shelters, "I need boots please, size ... And do you have a coat 2xl?" THANKS to our many many partner churches (you know who you are), we may often say, "Yes, I'll have this for you Tuesday, here at the shelter, between 2 and 3." And we pass out dozens and dozens and dozens of pairs of socks each week, new clean warm socks, thanks to our partners. Meantime, a baby is born to a street couple, a blessing and a challenge to them both (just consider) and we are soon in the help-with-diapers and booties business. Wonderful, and challenging. And then a young woman's uncle dies unexpectedly from the results of an accident just 24 hour earlier, and she is alone. "Would a prayer help, a ride?" Yes, and so we pray together, and there are tears and tears, and thanks, and then she leaves for the hospital. And then it is Sunday and before the Soup kitchen opens at noon we once more gather at Oxford and Preble street for a short Service and Communion with ten, fifteen, twenty of our people, and we are the church again, the street church, together. Thank you Lord that we may give and receive in these ways as the days get shorter and the weather turns colder. Protect we pray these our people. All praise to Thee, Amen