In a time of darkness, as we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, violence at the nation’s capital, and the isolation of social distancing; I have found a lot of hope at my service site. It easy in times like this to lose faith in humanity, but every week I see people dedicating their time to making sure others can eat, people helping others in a tight-knit community, and people sharing what they have. In the midst of darkness, volunteers still at the Pantry still share lunch after making sure that bags of Produce and Meat are packed.
In the midst of this continued work, we were reminded that it isn’t just this small community showing forth the light of God when we walking in on Tuesday morning to a full of donated food. The food was from St. John’s (Western Run). They had spent all of Advent collecting non-perishable food for the pantry, and as a result, donated 996 pounds of food. I was blown away by the generosity of people who have never met the people of the food pantry. There is a lot of reason to be scared right now, but it is also important to remember that many are finding ways to show forth god’s light in the world.