On Lent | One

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help!…

One Lent | Two

He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s…

On Lent | Three

“When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.” Mark 6:34   “I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” Frederick Douglass In this season…

On Lent | Four

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;     a broken and contrite heart     you, God, will not despise.  Psalm 51:17 For we who have nothing left to give, may this season of lent give to us. May the sacrifices that we have sown in tears and frustrations be honored. May our losses and perseverance be…

On Lent | Five

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in…

Liberation is Near

ISAIAH 58:6-9A “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you…

Reflections of Beauty

SCRIPTURE: Luke 1:39-55 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are…

Healed to Heal

LUKE 4:14-21 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The…

The Embodiment of Justice

Every thirty minutes, a woman is raped in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital—but this number only estimates reported incidents. Too many are unreported—silenced by the stigma of sexual violence, these young school girls are but victims of societal lies. And so they assume blame—forced to remain silent until their bellies begin to swell. Showing evidence of a crime…

Beauty in Brokenness

CHINA When my grandfather was a missionary in China, he would often send me photos and stories of the people he served in the rural villages. Despite living in a corrupt society where food was scarce and the government had no concerns for its people, children were freely playing, women were laughing, and men were…