Isn’t it time you came home?

by Dr. Karen Oliveto, Pastor

BART encounters (#1): She looked hesitatingly at the seat next to me before our eyes met. I smiled and gestured that the seat was all hers.  Shortly after she sat down, I couldn’t help but notice the most enticing aroma from a package she was carrying. I finally asked her what it was.

“Mussels and french fries,” she said. “I just had an interview for a job, and it was so horrible! I decided I needed something to cheer me up.”

We spoke about her interview–she worked in a downtown office and had been invited to apply for another position in the organization. The interview did not go as she had expected, and she felt depleted and betrayed. “Why would they invite me to apply, and then treat me that way?”

She told me that as soon as the interview finished, she called home. This was no quick call across town. The woman was from another country, an ocean away. But at that time, she needed to hear the voice of someone who would love her no matter what. Whether the interview went well or was horrible, whether she got the job or not, she knew to reach out to someone who would love her, not judge her. She called home.

We at GLIDE seek to be home for one another.  We are here to walk each other through life’s highs and lows.  We are here to hold each other’s tears and witness one another’s rebirth.  GLIDE  is a place where you will be loved, no matter what.

Isn’t it time you came home?

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