Wednesday, November 23, 2005
The Reflex of Giving
This morning I was privileged to lend a hand to Feed Franklin First (http://feedfranklinfirst.org/) along with my son and dad. It's an organization whose primary effort is to distribute food to the needy people of Franklin, Tennessee, especially around the holidays. It's a humbling experience to take food that comes so easy to some of us, and to carry it into homes where people live hand to mouth.
I was glad to share this time with my dad & son. I think it will affect the way we say grace before we have our dinner tomorrow.
Needless to say, the recipients were very grateful. And that's the humbling part. I mean, we volunteered for one morning to help them. But what happens next week? My prayer is not only for these people, but that I would grow into someone who helps out, not out of guilt or duty, but from simply because people need it. I bandage my daughter's knee, not because I get a tax benefit, or because it's Christmas. I give because she needs help. That's the reflex of giving.
The photos were taken at First Missionary Baptist Church, where we loaded up our cars and took bags and boxes of food. Willie Otey (the man in the blue hoodie and baseball hat) did a great job organizing the whole thing. But of course, he's had a lot of practice. He works at this every day. My hat is off to him.