This week, Gesu (the parish in which I worship) is hosting about 50 guests as part of a rotating homeless shelter program here in Detroit. Tonight, our choir prepared and served dinner, and then we sang afterwards with and for the guests. I really love it when we just “jam” – the spontaneity really allows me to be open to whatever the spirit has in mind for what comes out the saxophone… Anyway, what I will remember most is that there were two guests who each came up and played a couple of songs on the piano, and they were fantastic! Another guest got up and sang while we accompanied him.
I can’t imagine what it must be like to have nowhere to go when it is so cold. Thank goodness there are folks who organize the kinds of programs that allow us to offer hospitality to our guests.