FROM THE LEADERSHIP
LIFE LESSONS FROM AN UGLY STRAWBERRY
Our Daily Bread served strawberries yesterday. Four volunteers gathered around a flat of donated berries and carefully cut out the unripe or over-ripe parts. Two of the volunteers have been with Our Daily Bread for years. Two were brand new – a high school student, and a man from Joseph House. As they cut, they talked and joked, bonded together over this task and the mound of red pieces of berry that filled the bowl in front of them.
These strawberries, previously headed for the landfill, got a second chance. Because there were volunteers willing to put in the tedious work, these strawberries became part of a fruit salad. The people who ate the strawberries received vitamin C, manganese, folate (B9) and potassium. The people who ate the strawberries thought of spring. They also talked and joked over a wholesome meal, and they left restored.
It takes time to give a second chance – time to cut out the bad parts and save the good. It takes faith to give a second chance – a faith that it’s worth every second we spend helping others. It takes love to save a strawberry. It is this same love that saves us all.
Thank you to all of the supporters and volunteers of Our Daily Bread.
We see your love in every bite.