People tell us that if life gives you a lemon, make lemonade from it.

To some, okay, maybe a lot of people, Detroit is a lemon.  Crime.  Poverty.  A remarkable post-urban landscape that makes us shudder.

But underneath the darker currents of Detroit runs great opportunity for creativity, innovation and hope.  People who are attracted to this kind of challenge come here or in the case of Margarita Barry decide to stay.

26 year old Barry created I Am Young Detroit as a website to highlight the initiatives of other young Detroiters.  Small neighborhood businesses.  Community development.  Arts.  Here’s yesterday’s Christian Science Monitor interview with Margarita.

Margarita Barry and others like her have discovered a mission.  It involves something beyond their own personal good.  It is characterized by selflessness.  It is very close to God’s mission to the world he so loved.  In fact I suspect some of those that Barry features at I Am Young Detroit are agents of God’s mission to Detroit.

It’s exciting to see in the midst of urban dismay that hope has made an appearance. 

A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.  (Isaiah 11:1)