Last night was no exception. It was a remarkable evening weather-wise as the community feeding program of one meal to many, was extended at our church.
It was a charismatic night in many ways. The cook, producing burgers on the grill, in his full clad of black dress, complete with a black hat and white apron, was challenged by the smoke and flames from a blazing greasy source, in an unending production, as more guests came. Tables were set-up buffet-style to accommodate the fixing--cheese, chips, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce and onions, along with rolls and condiments. The best part is always the dessert, served with soda, water or coffee. The happy recipients, are seated at large round tables, who attend to find not only food, but friendship.
The "Vision Committee," offers this program, free of charge to all, once a month, and to date, it has been termed successful, and growing. This plan of outreach to the hungry in this area, has been part of our church endeavour for a year and a half. We owe its success largely to the one we call, the idea man, secretly, behind his back.
He is the chief, cook and bottle-washer at times, and is also known to sweep floors. So, who is this man who comes from the Bostonian area of the sea? Is he a simple fisherman? I don't even know if he fishes, but I do know that people are amoured by him. Like a fisherman, he brings them in one at a time. Remember that movie, "There's Something About Mary?" Well, there's something about him that you can't quite put your finger on. Maybe its the quality that you feel like you are his best friend, no matter what, you can't wait to share it with him! He also has a great sense of humor. Maybe the word is "acceptance," you feel he likes you just as you are.
Last night, I witnessed yet another of his admirers. She told me that he would make a good "catch." He is not available. It's complicated. I've seen this lady transformed in a few short months, and is probably unaware of it herself.
There is a zest for life when you feel loved and that is what he projects to all who know him. He is a fisher of men. Just a regular guy with a little something extra. It's that spark from within. He is not always a joy to be with, as he carries a heavy load, saying "God provides." Just like us, he is vulnerable and needy. He doesn't walk in front of us, but beside us, amongst us. People are well aquainted with him, and he has many freinds.
He is famous for his one-liners and last night, he did it to me again, with one word, I saw myself. There is always room for change, at any age. He is the man, who can see right through you, as he does me. Are you ready for that? Then come, and I suggest to you, that you may get more than a meal. This is a place where you begin to find, salvation.
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