These are not only strange days for all of us. They are critical days for some of us… and I am not even thinking about those who are ill with the virus, just yet.
I am thinking about businesses. There is no doubt that our 2008 financial crash is going to look like a minor blip compared to what is coming down the road. I feel for workers being made unemployed and also for bosses who have to live with the guilt of lay offs and the possibility that they themselves might not get back on their feet.
That is why I was delighted to hear that a local bakery/cafe round the corner from Fitzroy was delivering their bread. Aleksandars Bakery use the old Common Grounds cafe attached to City Church on University Avenue. Charmaine who helps run it is a Fitzer.
Anyway they do the most amazing bread and they deliver. So this morning I got a bread drop. A call came. I sent and left my envelope of money on the doorstep. Two minutes later, envelope is gone and lovely fresh bread is there instead.
That lifted the lock-in lunch tastes for sure! It also might keep Aleksandars going through these difficult days.
This is grace and imagination at work again. We need to be creative about how we love our neighbour. Using local small business delivery services do just that!
I am also thinking of the homeless. They have come even more vulnerable to hunger. Many cafes and restaurants shutting down has meant that Homeless organisations have lost their supplies of food.
Again, we are hoping to use Aleksandars. We have set up an emergency fund in Fitzroy for our local neighbourhood emergencies. Out of that we hope to pay Aleksanders to make the sandwiches to feed the homeless though Homeplus.
This allows us to love different neighbours in the one action.