Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
For the past 4 weeks, I have been working alongside a wonderful person. Her name is Denise and her children, who have been coming with her, are Lily and Justin. We work side by side every morning in the warehouse bagging food. She has to go back to work on Monday, so she told me she wouldn't be back to help.
It made me sad. During these 4 weeks, I have grown to love this family. (Her husband David has been working through all of this, so I haven't met him yet. I hope to meet him soon!)
When she left today, she hugged me. She told me she has never been a huggy kind of person, but this virus has made her miss it! So we hugged, and told each other we love each other.
The amazing thing about this story is that I would never have met Denise had we not been working together these past few weeks. Another amazing thing is that she goes to church with me! She sits on the far left, while I sit in the middle.
I have learned many lessons these past weeks, and most of them good lessons....lessons I needed to learn. Some things that have happened, I already knew deep down, but it just solidified my belief. The thing that was brought home to me working with Denise, is that church HAS to be more than sitting in a pew on Sunday. Not only did I have a job to do every day, I met a wonderful person (several wonderful people actually,) that I would never have met. Our goal was to package enough food for over 300 people every day, but the Lord saw to it that I ended up getting far far more than I gave.
I will miss you Denise. I pray that in the future we will have many more opportunities to serve together and that other people will step out of their pew and join us. My life is richer because you are in it.