When I was five I  had my  first experience with grief. My grandfather Cola Jones passed away, one year later Paw paw Lawrence passed away. Grief when you’re a kid is somehow different. You see people crying, you know there is something wrong but the process is different. When I lost my paw paw Lawrence […]

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What a treat

These pst two weekends in New Orleans have been weekends of rest and reflection. Last weekend was spent on the Bayou’s of New Orleans and as we all gathered around campfires, boat rides and cajun culture, the air felt lighter. The air around us was lighter but there was definitely a feeling of sadness floating […]

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1st Sermon Ever

  This passage could be used to inspire people to give their tithes and offering, but if we dig deeper we see that this passage is showing us what genuine giving is. This passage is illustrating what it looks like to have peace in a time when it seems as if you have nothing. It […]

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When it Rains it Pours

Have y’all ever heard the saying “when it rains it pours” ? That is what the past couple of weeks have been like for me in my personal and work life. Last Tuesday I found out on the same day that my dad and grandmother were both being hospitalized. They are okay now but in […]

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The present of Presence

Kanye West once said, “my presence is a present”. Working at Okra Abbey I have learned that the presence of other people in the garden is always a gift, the presence of the garden is a gift. When I first arrived at the abbey the gates were covered in vines. Throughout this past month we […]

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Paddycake, Paddycake. . .

There is something peaceful about singing while you garden, one of the songs that has been on my mind since starting work here in New Orleans is the nursery rhyme Paddy cake. It goes Paddycake, paddy cake bakers man, bake me a cake as fast as you can. Roll it, put it in the oven. […]

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Be it attitudes and change

I have successfully completed my first full week of work, and man what a time to be alive. Throughout this first week I have had the pleasure of getting to know two marvelous people, Layne and Crawford. As they said their final goodbyes on Friday it was a little bittersweet. Layne and Crawford helped to […]

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