December 10, 2011
Each year when Interfaith Shelter comes to our Church I sign my Book club and Bibble Study groups up to provide dinners. There are usually 12+ residents of the program and 10+ volunteers. We gather together in a large room with 4 tables set in a large square. The food is always great but really secondary to what unfolds. We hold hands and pray then get our meals. When we all are settled in I ask an ice breaker question (favorite food,best pet etc. )that everyone anwsers along with their name. Within minutes we are one "family" chatting and sharring , groups of like minded folks end up switching places and the conversation grows. People linger and the evening is filled with heartfelt talk.I like to think from those hours of "table talk" come the process of healing. Even though the residents are homeless they are still part of our community. The normal interaction goes a long way to making the process tangible. Through prayer, talk, food, we give encouragement. We always get more than we give.
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