Yesterday, I had the privilege of spending several hours volunteering at Our Daily Bread here in Lynchburg. The Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club, where I am a member, volunteers at Our Daily Bread once a quarter.
Our Daily Bread has been serving a daily hot noon meal to the hungry for over 30 years. In fact, my first organization, the Society of Saint Andrew played a small role in helping it get started.
Getting an opportunity to serve the poor is always a privilege for me, and yesterday was no exception. Every one of the 125 or so folks that came to Our Daily Bread yesterday came with a history.
Every one of them came with a story. And every one of them came with a hunger for more than the delicious lunch they were served.
There were definitely rich hearts under some poor clothes yesterday. And every one of those rich hearts reminded me that Jesus is a master of disguise.
Almighty God, who has taught us that the meaning of life is to be found in putting SERVICE ABOVE SELF, we beseech thee to bless all who give themselves in the service of their fellow men and women; endue them with wisdom, patience, and courage to strengthen the weak and to raise up those who fall; that being inspired by love, they may minister to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy. In thy name we pray. – Amen
This is the invocation offered at this past week’s meeting of the Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club.