Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Over the past couple of months we have launched a small and very promising partnership with The Contributor—our local Nashville street newspaper. Well, Anita, a formerly homeless neighbor who has been gardening with us, learning to cook better at our community lunches, and partnering with us at the East Nashville Farmers Market, spilled all of her papers on our food pantry floor. Stooped over and picking them up—her vision blocked by her wide-brimmed hat—she said she saw the “hand of Jesus” come into view. A young volunteer had stooped down right behind her, not ever having met each other, and started picking up her papers. The “hand of Jesus” for Anita, as she said later, meant that the work of the divine reached right on into the muck of her life and helped out. This day, she said, it was in the form of a little brown hand of middle schooler.
At the Co-op we hope to encourage and participate in the hand of the divine reaching into neighbor’s lives to help out.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I was greeted at the front door of the Co-op today with mounds of fresh produce. 70 lbs to be exacts, of mostly lettuce and other greens that were just harvested. 70 lbs of lettuce, folks, is quite a site. Two interns were ready to start the day. Our kitchen was already warming up for our Wednesday community lunch. Cans were moving, people were buzzing, tea was steeping, and people from every walk of life were gathered waiting for an opening word. (We have a centering time before we open each day). I asked if anyone had a good word—something insightful, something inspiring or even challenging—to which Linda answered, “We can do this! I mean when we want to make our bodies and spirits strong and healthy, when we want to get into shape or change our habits, we have to envision ourselves saying ‘I DID IT’, we have to know that it will get done and we will say ‘I DID IT’.” Linda is doing it! She just started an East Nashville Walking Group for neighbors of the Co-op to exercise in an affirming environment. Linda--my neighbor--is doing it!