by Alan Thornton
CEO, Rescue Mission Alliance
I had the absolute pleasure of hanging out at Laci’s Tapas a couple weeks back. While the food was great, what blew me away was the ambiance… I watched as owners Cindy and Laura went table to table, not just checking in to see how the food was, but totally loving on their guests, visiting with them as if they were the only table being served that night. It’s no wonder they have a waiting list – people are hungry for love…
This experience was only topped when I visited with a sweet 2-year-old girl who had just moved into our family housing. We bonded over Jameson, my 6-month-old rescued sweetheart mix of a puppy. While this precious little girl who had known so much crisis in her life showed me the Easter eggs she had collected and gently petted Jameson, I watched the joy and love of her two moms, who shared how blessed they feel to have a new home with us, and the new hope it offers.
Many Rescue Missions that operate in other locations would have forced this family apart or not even taken them in, simply because they don’t fit within their theology. Instead, this family experienced the joy of Easter together… and new hope offered by a faith grounded in love.
I am so proud of our Rescue Mission team that works with families, that makes them feel like they are the only family we serve. I’m also so happy to know that Jameson’s little 2-year-old friend has a soft pillow, plenty of warm blankets, and a safe place to call home with both of her moms… all because of love.
My kids and I had the pleasure of serving Easter lunch at the Rescue Mission to kick off their spring break. As a Dad trying to navigate parenthood, it gave me great joy to see my three teenagers join with 50 other volunteers, interacting with our guests and going out of their way to make them feel welcome and loved. It was our own version of Laci’s hospitality that afternoon, but the intent was much the same… to serve a great meal and, more importantly, to create an ambiance of love – because, after all, people are hungry for love.
I hope you had a wonderful Easter.
Alan Thornton is on Twitter @Alanrmsyr.