Last Saturday was a great fall day for working outside. The Norris household, including Arapahoe and Xian of the canine persuasion, spent the morning with others from the community to make a difference. In the church, we call it partnering with God to heal the world.
It was the fifth Saturday that we had joined others over the past two years to transform some Village property into walkable green space. In the spring of 2015, this property, close to the railroad tracks and to Haines Branch Creek, was heavily flooded after torrential rains. Cornstalks from the adjoining cornfield were clumped throughout the small wooded area. It was really quite a mess!
The first time, we raked a ton of cornstalks into a large composting pile. We also pruned mature wild grape vines, cut downed trees into firewood, and pruned saplings left and right. Grapevines and brush went into a second pile.
Since then, it’s been more of the same … minus the cornstalks. Nearly all downed trees and overgrowth have been cleared. Now, this small wooded area is more like a natural park-like setting.
Why all the fuss? For a number of reasons, I suppose.
Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat