detroit public school

i grew up in detroit. my years in public school were a knotted stomach and a checking over my shoulder on the walk home alone.  sunday night found me making excuses and bad dreams woke me up, but monday morning, i went back. one class had us writing a paper on one thing we wished

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communion wine

After Jesus returned, he walked along Lake Galilee and then climbed a mountain and took his place, ready to receive visitors. They came, tons of them, bringing along the paraplegic, the blind, the maimed, the mute —all sorts of people in need— and more or less threw them down at Jesus’ feet to see what

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promised land

a flesh and blood example of faith in modern america – a drink offering poured out – gets soaked up in two seconds flat in the desert of the church. the church is a desert. i know i am. last night two brave souls laid their lives out bare like bones found, and rightfully theirs,

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i liked this day

gratitude list ~ one thousand things ~ #411 – 418 saturday morning in detroit prayer far pink light on the frozen lake one room at a time new baby chasing the sun around the house the wideness of his mercy january tapped like a maple tree

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detroit thanksgiving

we drive into the city on thanksgiving.  we are going to join our family in new center.  if you know where to be in detroit, the being is quite nice.  amazing things are happening all over the city.  if you are looking with a strangers eyes, from the outside in, it’s a blown up place,

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