…patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (Taken from the bible, 1 Corinthians 13)
Today a small team from the city centre chaplaincy reminded people that they were loved. We wrote out the above verse, what love is, in chalks in a heart shape and gave out around 40 bunches of daffodils and some cookies too. Simple. It really wasn’t complicated… It provided a focal point to share something of the greatest love of all in an easy way.
While the conversations with people we hadn’t met before where encouraging, it was those whom came back to find us from the last encounter on the streets which really blessed our socks off! It simply is the best to meet people time after time who report on how they are doing in their journey of faith and who want to pick up on conversations and stories from the previous time.
One elderly lady who I meet often on the streets, was walking with her son today after doing some shopping. She stopped to talk and catch up and introduced me as ‘Father Chris…’ It’s not often I’m mistaken as a catholic priest!
One of the buskers came to seek me out as he needed a hug and someone to talk to. Someone had been unkind towards him and shaken him about his music and songwriting. He needed some reassurance. It was so good to remind him that he is loved.