|Freshly Painted Shed at Warren and Trumbull|
As I walked around, I saw the old St. Dominic church accessory building being renovated by the new church plant that is going on by The Citadel Detroit (watch the video in the link). They are creating something called "The Dream Center." Can't wait to see what this will come to, but what I do know is that the lead pastor will be a speaker at this year's Christian Community Development Association national conference, so he must be doing some amazing stuff in Detroit.
As I continued my walk, two girls were out in their front lawn, one holding a book. Just as I got to their lawn the older one, both had to have been between 11 and 14, reached out the book towards me and asked me if I wanted to buy it. She said it was for a book sale she will be doing soon. I asked her what it was all for. She said that she needs to start saving for college and wants to have a yard sale so she can raise enough money to go to college. How awesome is that?! When I was that age, I was trying to be cool, I was playing sports, and I was not thinking about college.
|Garden Next to Woodbridge Pub|
I went around a couple more streets and came back home only cause I was getting hungry from not eating breakfast. I couldn't help but reflect on all this and realize one important thing: Woodbridge is going to be alright. In fact, it already is. But to try and convince other suburban folk that it is indeed alright, in fact better, is nothing short of a miracle. Perhaps it is because it is too nice, too better, too simplistic and organic and all the other buzz words affiliated with organic. But for the people that find out about a neighborhood like this one and actually come down to live in it for a while, whether mainly for college or to live close to downtown and midtown, they have found a diamond in the rough.
I am glad that I spent two years here. And as a result of not only my morning stroll but also the people and small conversations involved with it, I can't help but to boast the big boast, and say that not only is Woodbridge going to be alright, but Detroit is going to be alright too. I hope those girls go to college, I hope that lady protects the murals, and I hope that Detroit continues to grow like the garden. But most of all, my hope is that Jesus provides the hope. The only Hope for all of us just trying to find our way around here, saving for college, standing guard, and growing.
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