Have you ever wondered what Mary thought when she saw Jesus that first Easter morning? Did she experience hope? Did Mary and the others who shared the story of Jesus see hope in the faces of those they told? What did it look like?
I know what hope looks like because I get to see it once a month in the faces of the moms, dads, and grandparents who visit A Better Chance Diaper Closet in West Phoenix, Arizona. The ministry was founded in a former congregation, Alleluia Lutheran Church.
About 20 volunteers offer diapers to the parents of more than 150 babies and toddlers. Each child receives two weeks’ worth of diapers and wipes. We build relationships, share prayers and hugs, cuddle babies and toddlers at each distribution. Parents and grandparents leave the building with the hope of making it through another week.
This message is excerpted from “Diaper ministry resurrects small Phoenix congregation” by Laura Krueger from the April 22, 2019, blog of the Women of the ELCA. This excerpt has been updated following the closure of Alleluia Lutheran.
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