Faith Reflections

Join us on our journey of faith as we explore, discuss and reflect on shared insights from our community. Scripture and reflections written by young women in ministry that relate to the main article are offered here.

Sharing our faith stories

Sharing our faith stories

by Tiffany C. Chaney The Bible records countless times crowds gathered around Jesus, and times when individuals came to learn from him and to be healed by him. How did they know to show up? They didn’t read a post about Jesus that went viral on social media. Jesus...

Fear in the Bible

Fear in the Bible

by Emily Carson Fear is a very common theme in the Bible. In the Word of God, we are presented with all kinds of folks: the brilliant, the clueless, the average and everybody in between. There are people who live in constant fear without a chance of overcoming it....

Change keeps on changing

Change keeps on changing

by Angela T. Khabeb I’m surrounded by change. I look outside my window and notice the familiar sight of leaves changing colors. Daylight is fleeting as night arrives earlier and stays longer. It’s almost as if autumn is Mother Nature’s ambassador for change. Not only...

Faith Reflection: Rest and risk

Faith Reflection: Rest and risk

by Jennifer Hackbarth Last summer I was given a three-month sabbatical from my responsibilities as a pastor. Not many people have such a wonderful opportunity, so I was intentional about making the best use of this gift--this gift for which I was, and am, so grateful....

Faith reflections: Perfect weakness

Faith reflections: Perfect weakness

by Collette Broady Grund I used to wish that my divorce had never happened. Nothing good can come of this mess, I thought. If someone had suggested to me that I might someday be thankful for my wrecked marriage, I would have laughed a bitter laugh as my eyes filled...

Faith reflections: Healing after brokenness

Faith reflections: Healing after brokenness

by AmyJo Mattheis Sin is the source of our wounds, and forgiveness is the balm that heals. As a Christian raised in the Lutheran tradition, I believe that our baptism is at the center of how we interact with the violence and brokenness of sin. Baptism changes the way...

Faith reflections: You’ve got me feeling emojis

Faith reflections: You’ve got me feeling emojis

by Kristen Glass Perez When I was a kid, there was an image that always struck terror in my heart. It was a sickly green frowning face with its tongue sticking out, and it clearly meant “stay away!” Who was this green-faced demon? Well, he was named Mr. Yuk and he was...

Faith reflections: Finding Your People

Faith reflections: Finding Your People

by Laura Morrison When family is at a distance (either emotionally or physically), it’s imperative to find friends who understand you to your core. I’ll be moving across the country soon, from Washington state to Ohio. There, I’ll be new. I’ll be the one who doesn’t...

Faith reflections: Death and resurrection

Faith reflections: Death and resurrection

by Jenna Pulkowski Huntsberger The culture teaches us that we should avoid death for as long as possible. We are bombarded with the latest health information about what we need to do to lose weight, look younger, and live longer. Our society has an intense fear of...

Lent: A time to rehydrate

Lent: A time to rehydrate

by Karen Craigo The experts say that if you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Drink plenty of water before you exercise or spend time in the sun, they say, because well before you feel the tug of thirst, your body is already depleted and dehydrated.   I...

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