Today I went to Creighton Court for the “Community Walk-Through” sponsored by the police department. I didn’t know what I would find, but what I found was a host of police officers and faith leaders doing their best to embrace Creighton Court with love.
Maybe you’re not familiar with Creighton Court. It’s one of the housing projects in Richmond’s East End. If you Google it you find headlines like, “Police Search for Killer after East End Shooting,” or, “Homicide Investigation in Creighton Court.” It’s one of those places that could really use some of God’s love, one of those places in Richmond where the Kingdom of Heaven seems far, far away.
But today the Kingdom came.
All I could see was smiles, everywhere I looked. I got hugs from police officers and pastors. I hula-hooped with children and visited with old ladies. I chatted with Chief Norwood and shook hands with the Tooth Fairy. The Rev. Shirley Cooper told me, “We’ve got to do more than get along; we’ve got to learn how to love each other.” She’s right about that, and today it felt like we got a little closer to that ideal. This little girl, for instance. She wanted me to twist a balloon into the shape of a heart. I did the best I could and gave it to her, and then she gave me this–this smile–that will stay in my heart for a long time to come.