Last week, I had the joy of hearing and seeing Shane Claiborne at the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College. He gave a great talk (which made me cry) and then I happened to literally brush arms with him next to him at a book stall:
Thanks man, I said.
It’s great to be here, he said, so genuine, with humility not manufactured or feigned.
(By the way, readers, that’s a question I have. Is it possible to describe in words what makes someone or something feel/seem authentic or inauthentic?)
Anyway, Shane has this great post up at the Huffington Post on urban gardening in Philadelphia. Here’s a taste:
One of the most beautiful things we get to do here at The Simple Way is plant gardens in the concrete jungle of North Philadelphia — and see kids discover the miracle of life, and fall in love with the Creator of life. Gardens have a special place in the human story. After all God first planted humanity in a garden in Eden. And the most redemptive act in history began in a garden in Gethsemane. And the story ends in Revelation with the image of the garden taking over the City of God, with the river of life flowing through the city center and the tree of life piercing the urban concrete.
I will never forget the haunting words of a neighborhood kid who once said years ago, “It’s easier to get a gun in our neighborhood than it is to get a salad.”
Read Shane’s piece here.
Wishing you a lovely weekend! Peace & xo…