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Community Roots

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Mara Scarbrough, BSVM ’18-’19

A graduate of Birmingham-Southern College

This reflection was originally shared at the 2019 Site Supervisor Retreat. Mara reflected on the pillar of “grow spiritually.”

Community Roots

Kiddos are easy to quickly win over with a smile or some attention- but a real connection with a kid takes time. A gift in my placement site is the ability to work with a constant group. Each day is a “new day” but we all come with things from the day before. It takes time to earn a kid’s trust, and time to earn respect and the little seeds that are planted at the start of the year take time to grow. Each day we start new and nurture kiddos to see them grow and learn in an environment that has proven to value them.

My time with Bon Secours has rooted a love for West Baltimore and the kiddos in the community. Because of my time at the center and in the neighborhood I reaffirmed my love for teaching and am making a commitment to stay and teach in the community I have grown to love. I think that love stems naturally from a place of prayer and daily presence. West Baltimore has become home- and that starts in small ways. From walking to work, talking to neighbors, eating at the restaurants around our house- we built a space in the community and discovered hidden things to love that were easy to discover when we took the time to look. It was not my intention to stay in Baltimore; but the seeds I planted this year have rooted and made it clear that I want to continue to invest and love an area of the world I claim as a part of me.

Reflecting on this, I am reminded of the biblical story of the Mustard Seed. I invite you to pray over this verse as well and how you might plant seeds that flower in your community.

Matthew 13:31-32
“31 He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

We are called by God and sent by the Church to reproduce in ourselves:
Christ healing... Christ consoling... Christ always aware of the needs of others.