And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Genesis 1:31
Every Monday I was greeted by fruit peels, peanut shells, broken ice cream cones, corn husks, and beer bottles. My initial reaction to the trash in front of the apartment was to recoil. It was another one of the ugly things associated with poverty — waste from food. One of those “ain’t pretty” things one experiences with a social work caseload.
Then the children in that family brought me into their world by describing what went on in that home. What I saw on Mondays was not just trash, but the remnants of weekend family events with friends who gathered, shared food, and enjoyed each other’s presence — the beauty of those who have little sharing much.
Prayer: God our Creator, remind us that your beauty may be hidden in what we disregard as ugly or uncomfortable. Show us the beauty of those who share. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Deaconess Kelsie Tieman Overbey, Durham, NC