[The Father’s Heart in Highland Park. 8/15/15 Photo: David Kramer]
August 15, 2015
Today at the 2015 Roc Fest in Highland Park, I was greeted by several people at a food stand with free bread, vegetables and healthy snacks alongside a food truck providing hot lunches to all comers. I do not need the groceries, but I accepted them as a gift representing my own gratitude for the good work done by these people who simply say they are following the faith of Jesus.
There is really no need to explain here the mission of The Father’s Heart. Everything is pretty much on the website. Except to say Father’s Heart’s offers food, clothes and more–and especially spiritual succor–to people all over Rochester and Monroe County suffering in poverty, from the scourge of drug addiction or just in need of a giving hand or a kind voice. You don’t have to be of any particular faith–or even none–to appreciate the milk of human kindness.
I was particularly moved because of where the stand and truck were — in the Highland Bowl.
Earlier this summer I wrote of the heartbreaking theft of the bust of Goethe in the Bowl. Sadly, there will be no “Happy Ending” in Highland Park this time Still today when I pass the Bowl, I glance at the Monument fantastically imagining the bust having been returned intact. In that post I wrote, “Today some light is gone in that part of Highland Park.” Today there is some more light in that part of Highland Park.