What COVID-19 Doesn’t Cancel

Taking my turn at the Mission on Monday, I was not involved in actually serving the sack lunches to our homeless neighbors; I was working in another part of the building. But I happened to look out the window where I was and saw this man who had received his lunch and moved around to the side of the  building, perhaps to distance in keeping with protocols, or perhaps to just find a peaceful spot to eat his lunch.

As I reflected on this solitary figure, I was struck with the reality that the virus does not cancel need; it does not cancel compassion.

Our First Street Mission and all its staff, volunteers, and supporters continue their work, even in these days when so many questions about policies, procedures, and what tomorrow’s news may bring cloud our vision like the morning fog.

What does it mean to walk by faith and not by sight? Monday, in a small corner of Fort Worth, it meant handing out a sack lunch.


Charme Robarts
Community Advocate


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