Strange New World
by Teresa Jackson on June 12th, 2020

We are living in chaotic times. Each morning when I open my eyes, I have to reorient myself to this strange new world. These are the questions that go through my mind:

Is this a workday?
Am I sick?
Do I have a fever?
What will the death toll be today?
Will it trend down or up?
How many Zoom meetings do I have today?
What support do I need to provide to my stressed team?
How are my staff members, those who are people of color, doing?
How can I comfort, empower, love them better?

All of these thoughts -- in addition to the normal stresses of a typical workday -- fill my mind. Some days I am overwhelmed. I bet many of you can identify with my situation. I am so grateful that I don’t have to worry about paying my rent or buying groceries. My utility bills are paid and my car and insurance payments are up to date. My heart breaks for the people who have the added stress of lost income. If you have ever struggled financially, then you know there ain’t no stress like having no money stress. That is why I get up, get dressed, have my coffee, and get to work. Your support empowers us at Sharing Life to help people stay in their home until they can get back to work. To enjoy uninterrupted service of electricity, gas, and water. To have a pantry filled with nutritious food including meat, milk, eggs, fresh produce, and shelf-stable items. This summer, children have individual bags filled with healthy snacks, breakfast and lunch foods from our Nourish2Flourish backpack program. The Sharing Life team LOVES to serve our community by providing these services. We are grateful to each person who gives so we have the necessary resources to do this important work.

The book of Psalms tells us, "But the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. (147:11)"  We see this hope come to life when we place a bag of groceries in a trunk or purchase a room air conditioner for a senior citizen with no HVAC. Your gift extends His steadfast love to people in need and gives them hope. Thank you for giving! We love you and are eternally grateful for the difference you are making in the lives of thousands in our community.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.

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