Over this year, from the COVID-19 lockdown ‘till the present, I have participated in three funerals from among our church family. One of these was for Marcus, a young single father of two teenagers, who had been a faithful servant at our sidewalk breakfast each Saturday. He was originally invited by his sister, who, herself, had become a regular part of our Saturday Sidewalk Breakfast team. Early on, Marcus and I sat on my apartment front stoop, while he shared his recent and messy life and why he was committing himself to the weekly sidewalk breakfast:
“When my life fell apart, I didn’t find too much grace at church. I do take responsibility for how I messed things up, but it was still hurtful that the grace I thought I’d find at church wasn’t there. Maybe grace would have helped me turn my life around. When I see who comes to this breakfast and the church service, I see grace—this Saturday Breakfast is exactly what these folks and I need . . . it’s like ‘Grace with boots on the ground.’ I want to be a part of that and maybe I can be a part of the grace that helps to turn some of these lives around.”
I will miss this man, a friend and a brother, a co-worker in God’s field--and I will never forget his words. Your financial support would greatly help make keep this weekly event of grace possible.
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