Finding Home in the Garden of Life
Where stories of brokenness abound there are now lives of redemption being lived out–in Gospel Village
On East Lemon Street in Lakeland, a small but diverse garden grows outside Gospel Village.
I should’ve been dead a long time ago, but every morning I wake up and figure I still have work to do.”
Living on the streets, Razor survived shootings, near-fatal car crashes and illnesses. “I should’ve been dead a long time ago,” he says, “but every morning I wake up and figure I still have work to do.”
When he turned 50, he “finally started listening to God,” and turned his life around. He offered to help paint the trailers at Gospel Village. The nonprofit’s founder, Brian Seeley, found out Razor was sleeping on benches around Lake Mirror at the time, and took him in.
In the Gospel Village community, colorfully-painted trailers are tucked away between trees and lush varieties of floral. It’s cozy and welcoming. It has a sense of purpose and place, so vital to those who have spent so much time without it.
I think of the garden like all of us. With proper care and attention, miracles can happen.
Being here has given me opportunities I never knew were possible for me,” Razor said. He gives speeches all over Lakeland to kids and adults about his story and what he’s learned. He’s a work in progress—and he is the first to admit it—but he’s proud of the radical change he’s made the past few years.