I did not have my camera today. Perhaps I am glad in a sense. Cameras dont capture so many things.
I met 3 poeple in muizenburg and we travelled though to kalk bay.
There about about 7 men joined us unexpectedly in Kalk Bay . Especially disheveled as if they had survived some very very long ardous journey.
One had the sense of people needing so much much. so much care, so much acceptance , so much food and clothes and I could go on. I suspect they came from the mountain passing through
And as people do when they are neglected, there was initally distrust and and unease at the table from some.
There was also the sense of being around a table..so rare..and wanting to savour yet perhaps not quite sure if there was a catch.
Unexpectedly when soup and rolls arrived, one of the most dishevelled men said..we should say grace. I am so often surpised at the beauty people have within, despite appearances.
His prayer went somethning like this
please give us food please lord please,,
and lord please give us Work "
How do we find work for poeple with dishevelled clothes..without Ids,,(lack of Ids came up again in the conversation..) ?
We still managed a few smiles but this was one of more sombre days..
I too pray for more work, more food ,more clothes ( espcially shoes and socks for men ) on behalf of the bautuful souls on the street but especially i pray for more kindness..that will be the only source of the rest..
We gave each of the 10 folk a second haven food and shower ticket for the week ( thanking our donors again for the R200 that made this possible) . and Isaac the manager kindly arranged days when they could shower too.
I am left with a sadness more about the lack in this world of connection we have with so called strangers. Noone felt like a stranger to me today ..the way we judge by appearances..
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