The congregants at Grace Episcopal Church on the Capitol Square work tirelessly in service to the homeless. And Sunday, in a first-time event, parishioners made a practical as well as symbolic gesture by tying scarves to nearby trees offering additional warmth to anyone who might need it.
Each winter scarf had a tag attached that read, “I’m not lost. Please feel free to take me with you if you are cold.”
The tags had wishes for a Happy New Year and included one of organizer Pat Werk’s favorite blessings:
Life is short and precious and we do not have too much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel the way with us; so be swift to love, and make haste to forgive and be kind; and may the blessing of the One who made us, who loves us, and who travels with us, be upon you, and those you love dearly, this day and always.
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