Gina’s Scripture Verse Memory Challenge 8: Can Detroit Rise from the Ashes?

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E.A.C.H…. There is a movement happening in Detroit. Are you on board yet?

“It is suffering that has the realest possibility to bear down and delivergrace. And grace that chooses to bear the cross of suffering overcomesthat suffering.” — Ann Voskamp, Author, One Thousand Gifts

Michael and I were recently invited to attend “Living Stations of the Cross”. This incredible theatrical production was held at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the mother church of the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, located on Woodward, south of 8 Mile in Detroit.

The drive to the Cathedral is like a living metaphor for our desperate need for grace. Detroit is despair for the moment. Woodward Avenue is a desolate and dark corridor like a damaged artery leading to a heart, waiting to give way. We witness the desolation. Buildings, once thriving with commerce and neighborly gestures, now burned to ashes, shells and heaps of rubble. Everywhere, tiny little deaths.

We continue on. In the distance, we can see light aglow above the power lines and building skeletons. We stay the course, heading toward this beacon in the distance. Soon, out of the hideous darkness rises a stunning, Gothic monstrosity of the Catholic Church. My mind cannot reconcile the cost of this majestic building in stark contrast to the cost the city of Detroit has suffered for so many years. Yet, I see God’s hand holding a scalpel, cutting into the heart of this damaged city, inserting a life saving Cathedral, like a stent.

Time Magazine wrote: “Detroit has become an icon of the failed American city… The world is watching Detroit to see if it can find its way to rise from the ashes.”

This absurd contrast on Woodward Avenue is perhaps a grotesque step toward beauty rising from ashes. More than 500 local churches are taking part in a movement to revive the city of Detroit by the power of the Gospel message, which given the hideousness of Christ’s suffering, is certain hope for redemption. If we believe the Gospel message, we need to move with confidence and passion to share it for the sake of our city! Visit for more information.

My scripture verse for the week is emblazoned on the “Spirit of Detroit” statue on Woodward and it serves as the campaign message for this historic E.A.C.H movement:

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
– 2 Corinthians 4:17

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