Are you tired of fighting? Fighting your allergies, fighting the clock, fighting racism and Islamaphobia and house bill 2, fighting back tears at a funeral? In how many areas of your life are you fighting? Maybe you’re simply fighting to stay awake on some days.
Today as I was driving home from Pullen, I noticed the little inchworm on my windshield. She was small and quiet, but she is one of many, and together they have all but taken over our city. She reminded me that, even on the days when I’m moving slowly and don’t feel like I’ve got much fight left in me, I’m still getting there, inch by inch. She reminded me that my small steps in the right direction add up. And that because I’m one of many, I am part of a presence in our city and state that IS sizable and noticeable.
In grade school I used to sing a song that goes, “Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow. All it takes is a rake and a hoe and a piece of fertile ground…”
Since it’s April, many of us are thinking about what we’re planting and what we’d like to see grow. As you prepare your garden, remember that you are blessed with rich soil in which to plant seeds. Your Pullen family is that rich soil – the ground where your soul can find nourishment and your ideas can grow into a movement.
As you read this newsletter, mark the many places where you can find nourishment and plant seeds of hope. There are abundant opportunities, to be sure. Here are a few highlights:
April 9 – Cuba Yard Sale
April 10 – Rock-a My Soul Service & Cookout
April 15-16 – Churchwide Retreat / Festival
April 22-24 – Finlator Lecture Series
Inch by inch and with great love,
*Correction to pg. 4: The paintings currently hanging on the walls in the Grope Group are available for sale to benefit Pullen. If you are interested, please contact Noelle Schofield: firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-274-6626.