Last night my friend Jamie and I spent the evening at a local United Methodist church in my community serving Thanksgiving dinner to whomever decided to walk through the door.
There was an eclectic mix of people from different walks of life that came to receive the free holiday meal being offered by this small in size but big in heart congregation. The kitchen hustled and bustled while the ladies piled plates high with turkey and all the usual Thanksgiving trimmings.
I heard many oooo’s and aahhhh’s as the piping hot plates were placed in front of each quest. I believe there were over 100 people served. Each one was there for a different reason, but it was evident there was one common bond, they were each there to share something. Some were there to share a quiet meal by themselves but amongst the company of many- some came with their families sharing stories and laughter- others were there to share a caring smile and hugs of hope and gratitude, while others were there simply sharing their gift of service. Yes, sharing was in abundance and was the cornerstone of this quaint and exceptional evening.
Once dinner was through, Jamie and I walked home with our hearts feeling fuller and we both agreed that we were in the right place at the right moment that evening. We were humbled and thankful to be able to take part in this act of service provided by these generous people of God. It gave us the opportunity to share a memorable evening not only with the community but also with each other and I have a small hunch this will not be the last memorable evening of service we share together.
Thank you to my friend Debbie and her congregation at the United Methodist Church in Maybrook for allowing us to be a part of their dinner of Sharing and Thanksgiving.
Live Well ~ xo