The one thing I like about the food pantry is you never know who will walk in the door. And you never know what they may need. One day I was working the intake desk and a young woman came in and said, "I don't want any food, I want to talk," I told her I could check and see if any of the ministers were available and she said she did not want to talk with them.
So I replied, "then let's talk." She told me her story in between tears and moments of intense emotion. I offered to hold her hand during the talking and she took my hand. After she had finished her say, I gave her some ideas of something she may try to resolve some the concerns. Wrote those ideas down for her, and then closed with a prayer for her. She sighed, sat a minute and said she felt better and got up to leave. She leaned over to give me a hug and we hugged for a minute and then she left.
I wrote down her first name and took it with me so I could pray for her whenever her face came to mind. Those times come by every once in a while at the pantry and they stay with me. It is my opportunity to be the ears of Jesus. As these folks really just want to talk. I am always excited to work at the food pantry as you never know what will happen. Thanks be to God.