Cracks in the Sidewalk

What is the worst enemy of concrete?  It isn’t the grand machines of destruction–it is small seeds of grass that get into the cracks and grow.  We’ve all seen something strong destroyed by small, fragile grasses.  This is in some ways how the kingdom of God enters the world–like grass breaking up the concrete.

What is it in your neighborhood, your church, your office that is not as it would be in the fullness of the Kingdom of God?  Find one thing and change it.  It could be as simple as saying, “in the kingdom of God there won’t be trash on the streets” and then spending half an hour picking up trash.  Or it could be something like saying, “in the kingdom of God my elderly neighbor won’t be lonely” and then taking the time to go visit for a while.  Pick one thing to make God’s kingdom manifest now–this small action will make space for God’s kingdom to move in and will put a crack in the concrete of the world so that God’s garden city may come.

About Ragan Sutterfield

Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.