A few weeks ago, as we were distributing lunches to the day laborers in town, one of our distributers made an important observation. She noticed that many of the laborers had no gloves. I was a bit embarrassed that I had not made this observation myself. Somehow it alluded me, yet when she mentioned it I paid attention. She was correct. Despite the weather, many of them had no gloves and some had no hats either. Despite the cold temperatures, gloves were a luxury that they could not afford.
It seems incredible to us who live middle class lifestyles that anyone could live without gloves. The fact is that there are people who do. Most of us have a surplus of gloves and color coordinate them based on our outfits. We take many things for granted. Yet, living near us are people for whom gloves are unaffordable luxuries.
One of the women who has supported our lunch program could not live with the thought that our area workers lived in such a way. She obtained hats and gloves and brought them to the church for us to distribute. The very next day we gave out hats and gloves with the lunches. The workers looked truly grateful.
I do feel a bit embarrassed that for the years of distributing lunches, I never noticed the lack of gloves. I became focused on our task and was overlooking other needs of these people. I am so glad that this was pointed out, and our group rose to meet the challenge. We take a lot for granted but I’m grateful that God gives us these opportunities to see how much we have and grant us the chance to bless those with less.
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