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 with tears, and then I […]

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 we see the world because baptism […]

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 powerful. I knew […]

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 belong. But slowly, as time goes on, I hope […]

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 wonder if it works this way with the […]

Faith reflections: Taste and see

Faith reflections: Taste and see

by Tiffany C. Chaney Adapted from Psalm 34, the hymn “Taste and See” (This Far by Faith, Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, 1999) offers rich lyrics that can be useful in exploring a healthy relationship with God and a healthy relationship with food.   The word “taste” is most frequently used to describe the action of experiencing […]

Faith reflections: Women at the well

Faith reflections: Women at the well

Kimberly Knowle-Zeller    The Woman at the Well in the Gospel according to John has always been my go-to biblical character. For her courage. Her boldness. Her quick wit. Her gospel proclamation. And for her way of getting to know Jesus.   I feel a connection to her. I sense we’re kindred spirits. Barely two […]

Faith reflections: Get up and go

Faith reflections: Get up and go

by Tiffany C. Chaney In Acts 9:1-20, Jesus tells both Saul and Ananias to get up and go, sending both toward a divine connection. When Jesus encounters Saul on the road to Damascus where he sought to persecute Christ’s followers, it changes his life. A divine voice tells Saul that in persecuting the believers, he […]

Faith reflections: The labor of love

Faith reflections: The labor of love

by Meghan Johnston Aelabouni    Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with […]