It almost feels like the calm before the storm. With the back and forth conversations with https://www.facebook.com/VicCoolAid?fref=ts , and https://www.facebook.com/JordansInteriorsandFloorCoverings?fref=ts earlier in the week, the conversation has been passionately turbulent. Now it's the calm. Victoria Cool Aid Society having a neighbourhood meeting, and C.A.R.T.S having a board meeting both Wednesday evening. It's that calm, that requires the patience to just let it be. To have the faith that the same spirit that brooded over the tomb that Jesus laid in will resurrect new life and new hope into our situation of being evicted from the parking lot of Queen's Manor.
We know with out exaggeration there is a need. Every week its around 100 - 120 people come for food. We're not offering a gourmet meal. It is a mere bag lunch; a sandwich, bananas, a drink, socks, personal hygiene products, baking, soup and other small stuff. Folks come early waiting in line, some hungrier, try and sneek through twice. I think this amplifies the dire need of many of the marginalized folks in the inner city. Often it's this meager meal that gets them through the day.
I hope there is the collective desire by all parties concerned to let us carry on in the parking lot. Because, it's not just about the food. It is profoundly, the human connection. Someone on the street told me long ago that the worst poverty is when you have no human connection, a friend to turn to. Most people shun the marginalized, they'll veer wide on a side walk just to avoid them. Not many look, let alone talk to them. This the heart break of real poverty.
So, we all wait. But in this anxious moment of the pause button being hit, someone ask me a very profound questions, a disrupting kind of questioning. How far does one stand for justice? Would you be willing to keep going to the parking lot? What would happen if you just kept going?
We've heard of police arresting folks across the border for feeding the homeless. One wonders, could we be arrested if we just carried on feeding the homeless? How far would you stand for justice, for feeding the poor?
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