On Sunday, March 26th, a team from Canterbury prepared and served breakfast for a hungry crowd of ~200 at St. Martin's Hospitality Center. Whenever we show up in the world to serve, God is there to meet us with unexpected questions, insights, and blessings! Below is a short reflection by Canterbury member Warren Smith on his experience of serving at St. Martin's this month. I hope you'll plan to join us for our next Sunday at St. Martin's--May 28th (Memorial Day Weekend.) Peace, Sylvia+
by Warren Smith
When I was in the serving line with others at St. Martin's on Sunday, an old friend called out to me from the floor. "Hi! How ya doin'?" It was Donovan Bauer, a homeless man who has been coming to St. Martin's almost since it opened. I walked out to greet him and introduced him to Anne Marie. "Have you got a place to stay, Donovan?" I asked. "Outside" he said with an expansive gesture. Donovan seemed in a good mood though the worse for wear, and he seems to have lost most of his teeth.
Seeing Donovan made me think of Marsha Behrends, another old friend and Canterburian who died far too soon of an illness many years ago. Marsha was a dedicated worker at St. Martins and had a special interest in Donovan Bauer; she had written an article about him for a St. Martin's newsletter, noting that he was taking classes at Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute and that he had a hopeful future. She ended with something like, "the end of his story has not yet been written." I remember that Donovan had spoken to me about that article and said he didn't agree with it, that Marsha had not really understood what made him tick, whatever that meant.
Now here we are all these years later, Marsha, bless her, is long gone, and Donovan, bless him too, is still sleeping on the streets. Isn't it funny what happens to our plans? Sometimes we think we know what is going on and we really don't at all, God has other ideas, or he takes our words, like those of Marsha, and twists them in an unexpected direction. Meeting Donovan has given me much to think about.