Recent blog post by Rev. Alexander E. Sharp
My wife and I had a good Fourth of July weekend. Children and grandchildren joined us in a resort community on the southeast shore of Lake Michigan where I grew up, about two hours from Chicago. Even though my parents moved several times during my childhood, for all my life this has felt like a home away from home, to me.
At the end of the weekend, we packed the car, and head south around the bottom of Lake Michigan, into Indiana, through Gary, and then, over the Skyway at the 87th Street Exit, and onto Stoney Island Drive. We pass Jackson Park Hospital, boarded up stores, a lot of fast food places, and there we are –right in the center of Chicago's South Side.
There is no way I can understand what I see as we enter the city. I just know that I have spent the weekend in a very different place.