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Christmas, An Invitation to Love

Today is the fourth Sunday in Advent. Today we hold love. The birth of Jesus was Love bursting into the world in the form of a baby. It was divine...

Finding Joy

Today is the third Sunday of Advent. Today we hold Joy. Joy is often described as a profound sense of well-being that stems from an assurance that regardless of our...

True Peace

Finding and maintaining a deep sense of peace can be elusive in a culture that tends to prioritize things like efficiency, busyness, multi-tasking, accomplishment, and power. And the constant striving...

Joanna. One of the Devoted.

They left their families, communities and villages. Walking away from the familiar into the unknown and the unforeseen. As they responded to Jesus’ invitation, “Come. Follow me…” Joanna chose to...

Salome. One of the Faithful.

Salome. Is she best remembered for being the mother of two beloved disciples? As the over-ambitious mother? As one of the band of women followers? Or as one of the...

The Contributions of Two Women in a Biblical Narrative of Intrigue and Covert Operations

They exemplified courage and ingenuity. In the face of grave danger they were quick thinking and resourceful. Capable of retaining their composure even whilst operating under great pressure. They were...

Anna, the Prophetess: Her Message of Expectant Faith

She waited.    And waited.    And waited. She was ever attentive and watchful. Year, after year, after year. Her capacity to wait stemmed from her unshakeable faith in God and his...

Turn and See – the Isolated, the Marginalized, the Outcast, and the Broken-hearted

I had always interpreted his comment as reflecting impatience. Perhaps even being infused with a measure of displeasure and annoyance. Reaching the conclusion that he was irritated because someone had...

Small, but Mighty Acts of Resistance

Corruption and immorality had woven itself into the culture. Tensions were high as people were becoming increasingly polarized. They held fast to one side or the other. And peaceful resolutions...

The Daughters’ Inheritance

The three daughters had a remarkable life. Their family’s prosperity and privilege granted the daughters a certain level of freedom and opportunity, which allowed them to visit the homes of...