There are some nights when I only have 3 helpers (we really need about 10 people) and there are still a lot of food items that we need.
Excuse me while I panic now, over the possibility that I’ll have to finance 600 chicken nuggets, 6 bags of tater tots, 42 cups of fresh fruit, 8 dozen eggs, and 7 crockpots of soup with 10 servings each.
Apparently everyone likes soup, but no one wants to bring any.
Several people responded immediately with a generous list of what they could donate, and I’m thrilled about that.
This morning I woke up to an email that began, “I was waiting for the latest update…” and another one with, “Let me know what else you need. I can contribute more.”
I am trying to balance my gratitude over the generous offers with my frustration that they wanted to wait and see what blanks would be filled in before they offered to fill any.
Frustration is winning. And I can’t let it show, because I am asking people to be generous with their time and donations of food.
My prayer today is for trust: that in the end, we’ll have what we need. If I had a deeper trust, I wouldn’t be so worried about this right now.