Dayton city folk festival!
"I have a great job in the universe of occupations.
What do I do? I’m a “star polisher.”
It’s a very important job. If you want to know how important, just go out at night and look at the stars twinkling and sparkling. You see, I’m a teacher, an educator, a mentor. The stars are the children in my class. My job is to take them – in whatever shape they come – and shine and buff them and then send them out to take their places as bright twinkling beacons in the sky. They come into my room in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they’re bent, tarnished, dirty, crinkly or broken. Some stars are cuddly and soft. Some are prickly and thorny. As I buff and polish, I train and teach my little stars. I tell them that the world cannot do without them. I tell them they can be the brightest, shiniest stars in the sky and the world will be a better place because of them. Each night as I look at the sky, I’m reminded of my very important job and awesome responsibility. Then I get my soft buffing cloth and my bottle of polish in preparation for tomorrow…for my class of little stars."
These small group ladies (and baby) rock my world. Hanging out at the Garfield Park Conservatory.
THIS just keeps making me smile.
This shouldn’t be real…
Rain down justice upon us, Lord: that we might live in peace.
Awesome things about today
…but it is. And it reminds me very much of discrepancies between neighboring communities in Chicago. It makes me sad that most people don’t take time to know or care for our neighbors across the street and that we don’t think to share resources, time, and space to better both communities. Or dare I say it, become ONE great community for all to be a part of.
I am grateful to know many people who are working for the kingdom of God, where every person is valued and loved. Where God is glorified above all else, and we know how to love each other. AMEN
2. Making a pretend “restaurant” for our toddler classroom
4. Hilarious and wonderful new friends that I can’t believe I just met in August :)
Today, I learned how to cook steak. This is an accomplishment. Believe me.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve Breakfast once a month at the Joshua Center with some great folks from my church. And today those great folks taught me the art of cooking steak on the stove top.
After cooking, we had the chance to sit and eat with the ladies who are living at the Joshua Center. I sat down with two ladies and we had a long conversation about Chicago transportation, the church as a whole loving the poor, and our hopes for the church to be more united. What a great way to start the day!
God is good. All the time.
The Joshua Center and Breakthrough Urban Ministries are very dear to my heart. I spent a year from 09-10 volunteering there with Mission Year. I learned soo much in that one year. To learn about Mission Year go to www.missionyear.org
To learn more about Breakthrough you should go to www.breakthrough.org
One thing I sure do love is CHICAGO!