“Lacking in light”

One of the disadvantages to living in a city with narrow streets and tall buildings is that the sun sets behind the buildings before it actually sets, making it seem darker earlier than it actually is. But if you jump on your bike and pedal away from the buildings in Camden like these Urban Promise students, you’ll find some beautiful places to watch the sun set. Monday’s ride, led by Tabby, Alan and Brandon took us from Camden to around the Cooper River where we could see the sun set over the Camden County Boathouse, back down the trails along Admiral Wilson, and back through the city to our home campus. Of course being the adventurers that these ambitious students are, we stayed a little long and road back home to Urban Promise in what some might consider “the dark”. I say we were just “lacking in light”; glass half full or half empty, depends how you look at it. But a big thank you to the students for dragging me out on another fun ride for some fresh air and exercise. Can’t wait to see what we do next!

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Soup Kitchen

After being kicked out of Camden while the Pope visited Philly, it was nice to be back to doing what I do best; standing around watching everyone else work! Just kidding, I did a few dishes too. But I have to admit that after missing a few soup kitchen dinners this summer due to travel and then September being shut down, I was really happy to be back and see everyone, both the folks we serve and all you great cooks & servers!
Thank you all for your delicious food, we had plenty! Funny story; one of the groups cooked meatloaf by mistake, but it worked out great, as we had enough food to freeze the meatloaves and use them this coming weekend. Funny how even miscalculations work out in our favor when we serve others! All the meat looked great and you guys should have a mac & cheese cook-off with all the creations I saw! I already judged the desserts and a certain coffee cake that disappeared into the kitchen definitely finished near the top!
And thank you also to those who came to serve, even the ones who absconded the coffee cake with me! We had a few new helpers this month and they stopped to thank me before leaving, which made me think, who should thank who? Everyone who cooks or serves helps this run so smooth, so I thank you folks. But I also thank the folks who allow us to serve them, helping fulfill my life with purpose beyond my own wants. I think we all gain from these monthly dinners!
You guys are the giant Reese’s the rich neighbor gives out on Halloween!!!! (gotta go, heading to 7-11 for some candy now!)
Dan

20 miles of trail riding

Nothing like escaping to the country where the leaves are turning the most beautiful colors, as if God is painting every leaf individually. Watching the magical fall sunsets over the water makes me wonder how this sunset is going to outdo yesterday’s. Biking out in the woods and stumbling upon an old Inn just finishes off the trip with a great setting for a well deserved rest. Are we in Vermont? Connecticut? Actually we just crossed the bridge and biked up Forbidden Trail along the Wissahickon Creek, a wonderful hidden treasure where the noise of the city disappears and the scenery is the best around. This was just another of the rides planned and led by our ambitious students for an after school activity the other day with a total of just under 20 miles of trail riding under their belts before the sun went down and so did the temperatures! Nice job to all; where we going next?