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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.

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...

Faith Reflections: Called to wait expectantly

Faith Reflections: Called to wait expectantly

by Emily Heitzman Every year at this time, as I turn on the TV or a Christmas music station, I am reminded of the many people who cannot relate to the majority of Christmas songs, TV shows and movies, which emphasize the importance of going home for the holidays.  I...

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....

Faith Reflections:  Faith and fashion

Faith Reflections: Faith and fashion

by Kristen Glass Perez A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptized,...

Making space for God

Making space for God

by Jenna Pulkowski “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. And God said, 'Let there be a dome in the midst of the...

What we learn about rejection from Jesus

What we learn about rejection from Jesus

by Susan Schneider I was nine years old the day my parents left me at church. They hadn’t meant to do so. They thought I’d ridden home after worship with our next-door neighbors. By the time they realized I had not and drove back to get me, I had spent almost an hour...

Faith Reflection: From tension to transformation

Faith Reflection: From tension to transformation

by Emily Carson Jesus consistently stepped into tense situations rather than tiptoeing around them. He didn’t avoid difficult interpersonal dynamics; he embraced them and recognized that tension is often a catalyst for transformation (of people and systems). Tension...

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...

What the Bible says about body image

What the Bible says about body image

by Jenna Pulkowski I have long struggled with my relationship with my body. It’s a relationship that on the best days is positive, on most days is apathetic and on the worst days is downright hateful. Scripture has a lot to say about bodies. From Genesis to...

Faith Reflection: Mother figures

Faith Reflection: Mother figures

by Elyssa Salinas Six years ago, I wrote about mother figures. I was thinking about the women who had been mother figures in my life, but I had not yet felt my own womb expand. Now I am a mother of two. The c-section scars still feel new to my body as my children...