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Aside

While where I am right now is bitter sweet, I’ve been thinking a lot about life after Micah.

Question:

Why was I placed in this internship?

What was I supposed to get out of it?

What am I supposed to do with the thing that I have learned?

Answer:

I HAVE NO IDEA!

I was in the midst of confusion and fusrtation, when I had a conversation with Mehari, Katie, and Danny (my Family) that cleared things up a bit.

As we were talking about life after we leave, we started to think about the fact that we have been having a great experience, living in solidarity with people who are less fortunate than us, but in a matter of about 2 weeks we will then be forced to go back to the places that are the very opposite of the things that we have been fighting for.

As we struggled with our new found delemma, all I could help but to think, is what if this is the very reason that Christ put us in this situation?

What if it’s our responsibility to let our experience permiate every area of our life, including our hometowns, and St. Mary’s College of California?

What I’m understanding, is that while this particular experience may end, that doesn’t mean that what we learned has to seize to exist. I believe that Christ placed us 4 specificaly in this situation because we come from all different backgrounds and have the ability to inform a wide variety of people.

Recently someone said something that stuck with me, and gave me a new found look at the experience that we have shared this past 7 weeks.

This lady named Renee asked me where I was from, and I started to explain to her that I was from Los Angeles, and proceded to give her the reasons why I loved the Bay Area a little bit more than I loved Los Angeles. One of the reasons I gave her was the fact that the Bay Area was SO much more progressive in terms of social justice than LA was. I was going on and one about how in LA the lifestyle is really individualistic and there aren’t real social justice movements that take into account the well-beings of the less fortunate, or marginalized groups. She stopped me dead in my tracks, and said something to me that I will never forget. She said  “What if God placed you in the Bay, so that you could bring all these aspects of social justice back down to LA?”.

This question that Renee asked me, is something that I had never really thought about. Sometime I get so content to learn all these new ways of being, never fully allowing them to saturate into my everyday life causing the things that we learn to fall by the wayside, never completely making its way into our “real” lives. But as I think about it more now, I cant help but to think that the idea of giving the knowledge that we have received to others who have not had the same experiences and creating change in the places that need it the most is the very calling of ALL God’s Children.

I praise God for these past 2 months and look forward to the Future!

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

–   John 20:21

Location Matters

 
 

My Summer in a Nutshell

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A Picture is Worth 1000 words.

 
 

Freedom in Christ.

This summer and internship have been a place of growth for me.

While on this journey I have prayed about my growth and the ability to have a freedom that only God can provide and  this is what I got and so much more.

As I talked to my favorite person, Alvin, he truly helped me to understand what it meant to have freedom in Christ.

When Alvin continued to share bits and pieces of his life, he said something that completely lined up with the way of life I am trying to achieve.

He said: “Although I have lost both my parent, was forced to fight in Vietnam, and am living on the streets, I have Freedom in Christ, and that’s something that no one can take away from me”.

As I set down to meditate on what Alvin had just said, Galatians 5:1 made a lot more sense to me

“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.”

There have been many times this summer that I felt completely helpless to the people in West Oakland. Living in the community has open my eyes to a lot of the injustices that lie in our current society. These situations caused me to question if change could truly transform this city. But as Alvin spoke to me, I understood, that change is possible in EVERY city by the power of God.

I’m understanding that there’s a freedom in Christ that can transcend any situation and my faith in this freedom is becoming unmovable.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

– John 8:36

 
 
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Love your Neighbor as Yourself?

But what happens when you don’t know what it means to “love yourself”?

Often times people don’t understand how to love others because they don’t know what it means to love themselves.

So many times we are told we need to be smaller, have longer hair, be more athletic, or have a lighter skin tone. In the midst of all of these messages, self-love is one of the things that is definitely not encouraged.

This poet Ezekiel says it best in his poem, Identity Crisis of a Misfit.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
– Romans 12:1-2

 
 

Alvin.

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Now for me, this is a special blog.

I have chosen to introduce all of you lucky people to my main man, Alvin.

Throughout the course of my internship, I have meet some pretty interesting and loving people, but Alvin takes the cake!

Background

One day as I’m working, watering and cultivating the garden, as only I can do, a man catches my attention. He’s standing on the other side of the fence, looking at me, and motions me forward with the waving of his finger. Of course at first I am extremely hesitant. But I put my pride aside, and wander over towards him. He looks me square in the eye and the next words to leave his mouth are…. “Thank You”.

He must have caught on to how confused I looked, because he then goes on to explain himself. Alvin is homeless and every night he sleeps on the other side of the fence at the garden that I work at. He tells me that he has been homeless for awhile, and was a Vietnam war veteran.

The rest of our conversation went something like this,

Alvin: I say thank you, because this Garden is my paradise. I am blessed with the opportunity to wake up every morning and the first thing that I have the chance to see is this garden. And the reason why it stays beautiful is because of interns like you. I praise God that you continue to make this garden look beautiful. And I want you to have this (hands me a ring and a bracelet )”

Me: (speechless, holding back tears)

Flash Forward

For me, this is exactly what the love of Christ looks like when it’s lived out. What happened between me and Alvin on this day, was an exchange. I was giving Alvin something that I had no idea I was giving, and in exchange he literally took the things that meant the most to him, and gave it to me as a token of gratitude, that moved me to tears.

The fact that someone  had so little but was willing to give up so much caused me to reevaluate the way that I show the love of Christ. It reminded me that love is not only patient and kind, but it also reminded me of some other characteristics…

  “It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

– 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

Alvin reminded me that love is Selfless .

So as a reminder that Christ not only calls us to remember that he died for our sins, but he calls us to live as he lived, and act as he acted. Alvin showed me Christ’s Love in action and because of that, I wear the ring he gave me, on a necklace with my most treasured item, My Cross.

Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness on you.

                                                                        – Hosea 10:12

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2012 in 2012 Treasha Weatherspoon

 
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Ode to City Slicker Farm

Neighboorhoods are Created
but Community is Cultivated.

This is the very thing that working at City Slicker Farms has taught me and to them I will be forever grateful.

 
 

The Origin of Our Species

My time interning at City Slicker Farms has been full of amazing experiences, but the best presence that I have felt since interning with the Farm was a healing power that I have never experienced before.

While I know that we were put here these 8 weeks to give to the community, my days at “work” started to feel like a time of healing and growth, both spiritually, and naturally. I have literally felt my relationship with Christ being renewed, transformed, and healed. It’s almost like I was being healed through the work that I am doing with the earth, the very creation of God.

For the first time in my life, I saw the process that it takes to produce food, the thing that sustains our natural bodies. But while I was growing natural food, I was neglecting my relationship with Christ, causing for spiritual starvation. The weird thing about it was that while I worked in the garden, I felt like I was being replenished and built up spiritually, but when I would return home at the end of the day, I felt something missing.

Why was I so connected to the work that I was doing in this garden? Why did I look forward to working in a Garden for 7 hours everyday?

Then it hit me! I started to think about the connection that we have with the Earth. A connection that for years has been neglected. Genesis 2 7-8,15 explains our origins.

“The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

The connection that I felt was suddenly not so foreign to me at all. But the fact that we never speak about our duty to the Earth or the very fact that we were formed from the dust of this earth, caused a void.

My work with City Slicker Farms this summer caused for a spiritual and natural rejuvenation. The garden was the very place where our relationship with God started. A relationship that was perfect and without blemish and here I was working in a garden for the whole summer. I can now see the connection in my life. Not only was the Garden of Eden a place where we were able to have a spiritual connection to God, it was a place that represented life and prosperity. I soon drew these connections to the feelings that I was experiencing. This garden (where I worked) was the very place were I found peace on a daily basis. It was literally like my relationship with Christ has been transformed and renewed to its purest form. The work that I have been doing with City Slickers, has helped me to realize that as humans we have a connection to this Earth, that dates further back then we can remember and sometimes tapping into that connection can be one of the most healing thing that we could do.