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.

Easter lament

Easter lament

by Ralen M. Robinson "But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb." (John 20:11) Easter lilies adorn the sanctuary, the paraments are white, the eggs are dyed and hidden, and the baskets are ready. At Easter, we celebrate...

Learning from Genesis: Joseph and liminal space

Learning from Genesis: Joseph and liminal space

by Becca Ehrlich In my article in this month's issue, we looked at what it means to live in liminal space, that in-between, transitional time when waiting and uncertainty are the norm. We also looked at Joseph's story in Genesis and how he experienced liminal space....

Faith Reflections: Ruth 1:14-22 

Faith Reflections: Ruth 1:14-22 

Then they wept aloud again. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. So she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from...

Risky transformation

Risky transformation

by Angela T. Khabeb A new calendar year often brings a fresh perspective with promises of a clean slate. We remember the past year and take inventory of successes and failures. We also look ahead with hope and anticipation of what will be. New Year’s resolutions...

Faith reflections: Tears and laughter

Faith reflections: Tears and laughter

by Elyssa J. Salinas-Lazarski I’m a planner. I like to look at my month, my week, my day in color-coded control. I have stickers to help me see my to-do lists and multiple pens to keep my thoughts organized. I even have more than one planner to help me keep everything...

Reclaiming gratitude

Reclaiming gratitude

by Emily K. Hartner   Do you remember how this year began? At the turn of the decade, we looked to the new year with “2020 vision”—a play on the year 2020 that I thought was clever at the time. In March, the future looked more unclear. What was clear was that a...

Faith reflection: Just be

Faith reflection: Just be

by Jordan Miller-Stubbendick Many years ago, I visited a monastery for a few days and was intrigued by the rhythm of the day. It began well before dawn, as the monks awoke for their first of seven set prayer times throughout the day and night. For the monks, each day...

Faith Reflections:  Faith in action

Faith Reflections: Faith in action

How do you decide when standing up for something (or someone) is worth the risks involved? Can our faith help us out? Well, if our faith in Jesus lies at the core of our lives, then yes, our convictions should and will emerge as a result of that faith.

How are you?

How are you?

by Ralen Robinson  It's okay not to be okay. The other day I was in Trader Joes getting groceries when I ran into someone I knew. In our conversation, they asked, "How are you doing?" And I responded, "okay." Yet, that was far from the truth. I was stressed from work...

Faith Reflections: The truths we tell

Faith Reflections: The truths we tell

by Sara Olson-Smith Our memories are strange things. When we think we've got things filed nicely away in the back of the drawer, something yanks them out, scattering piles of memories like paper across a desk. Sometimes those rediscovered memories are a blessing, like...

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