Jane Knuth shares her reflection on today’s retreat:
The people seeking financial help at our St. Vincent de Paul thrift store are forever blessing me. I hand them a fistful of forms, load them down with instructions for finding the next agency, promise them our help, and wish them luck.
They say, “Have a blessed day.”
When we invite them to pray with us, I ask God for temperate weather, fewer phone calls, and more volunteers.
They pray, “Thank you, God, for waking me up this morning.”
“No human being can tame the tongue,” says James.
This isn’t strictly true; the poor often can. I have met them. I am blessed.
Jane Knuth is the author of Thrift Store Saints and Thrift Store Graces. She has been volunteering at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Kalamazoo, Michigan, for the last 17 years. She is also a math tutor. Knuth and her husband, Dean, live in Portage, Michigan.
Books by Jane Knuth
Love Will Steer Me True
A Mother and Daughter’s Conversations on Life, Love, and God
Love Will Steer Me True shows how a mother and daughter swerve and weave their way into a new understanding of themselves, of their familial relationship, and of their faith.
Thrift Store Graces
Finding God’s Gifts in the Midst of the Mess
Jane Knuth is back with another book full of her experiences serving as a once reluctant, now enthusiastic volunteer at a Saint Vincent de Paul thrift store in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Thrift Store Saints
Meeting Jesus 25¢ at a Time
Thrift Store Saints is a collection of true stories based on Jane Knuth's experience serving the poor at a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store.