A quick still life after spending the day in the miasma of state agency red-tape, long lines, 'come back next week's,' and mounds of paper .... helping my son through the depressing experience of unemployment . Working through the often snarly, overworked agencies to find assistance is a wake-up call to remember that kindness, a helping hand, a caring word can make an incredible difference to someone in pain, confusion and despair. The reality of the huge numbers of people in this situation staggers the imagination; and it makes us all a bit fearful for for own situations as the economy continues to decline.
I offer a heartfelt prayer for those facing the reality of these challenging times, and pray that you are met with a smile, a helping hand and a comforting word through the frustration of it all.
A warm bowl of soup, a sharing of bread, an encouraging word -- may we share those today and continue to do so for those in need.