So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 1 Corinthians 3:7
Over the last 9 months, as our 7th & 8th grade, Senior High youth, and adult leaders have prepared to connect in Duluth and Denver, we have dwelled in the above verse. This passage has been met with mixed reviews. “So WE aren’t anything, only God matters?” “I work hard. What do mean only God makes things happen.”
Today we head out to our first service sites. Some of us will connect with nursing home residents, a few will engage with the clients, staff, and volunteers of the Union Gospel Mission, we will bring joy and love to children at the Boys and Girls Club, and others will join a couple in cleaning and sorting through 37 years of belongings as they prepare to move from their home.
We will look for God and discover ways we can be positive forces in the world. We will keep open hearts and minds as we engage with God’s diverse children, and we will discover how God is at work within us, planting, tending, and nurturing each of us.
As we engage with the Duluth community and with one another we will plant metaphorical seeds. We will tend to those relationships, watering and feeding them. And we will remind one another that God is at work within each of us, helping those seeds grow, giving us the strength to continue planting.