Saturday, June 18
Gorgeous, sunny, but super windy day. We chased down a lot of plastic bags, napkins, masks, and everything else that wasn't nailed down.
I saw our long-time friend William again this week and, as always, he earnestly asked me to pray for him. I said, "Hon, you ask me for prayers every time I see you and I can hear in your voice that you really mean it. Why is that? What is it you need?" And he told me that he struggles with an issue he can't quite get control over but knows he needs to. I said, "I hear you. Every one of us out here today is struggling with something, even if it doesn't look like it. Please keep on coming back every week - we will always be glad to see you." I don't know why it never occured to me before to just ask what was weighing on him.
One thing I have learned from two years of Love & Cornbread is that listening can be enough. I used to think that I had solutions for everyone's problems if they'd just let me jump in and take over. Now I understand that holding enough space for someone to say out loud, "I am really struggling today" is powerful all on its own. It is enough. It is not about me. It is not about fixing them. When people want direct help from me, they will ask for it. But listening without judgement (and with a warm hug where welcomed) is plenty for the average Saturday.
Phew. Anywho. We passed out many more of the at-home Covid tests and masks provided to us by the Baltimore City Health Department this week. Our guests continue to be eager for fresh masks and to make good use of the testing kits as well. Several have come back to say how helpful it was to be able to test and then quarantine a family member after they started showing symptoms. We are so grateful to have this wonderful store of supplies to be able to offer them.
Stats: 76 tuna salad sandwiches, 68 turkey and cheese, 16 PB&J, a box of oranges, a case of bananas, 8 bags of clementines, 94 soaps, 130 at-home covid tests, 500 masks, 120 waters, a truckload of snacks.