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Family Separation and the Mother Love of God

By Gena Thomas
When I walked into the social worker’s office, Julia was sitting there in a brand-new, bright-pink Barbie T-shirt. The social worker said they’d found the T-shirt in their clothing closet, and Julia wanted it. Beautiful, soft onyx curls framed

Fill Up, Pour Out

By Marc Havener
When I asked a young employee of a community health clinic what motivates her in a career that includes long, exhausting days, surrounded by people with incredible needs, she gave me a look that seemed to wonder how I could not know.

"We cannot be too gentle…"

By St. Seraphim of Sarov

We cannot be too gentle, too kind. Shun even to appear harsh in your treatment of each other.

Joy, radiant joy, streams from the face of one who gives and kindles joy in the heart of one who receives.

Prayer for the Morning

By Audette Fulbright Fulson
Did you rise this morning,
broken and hungover
with weariness and pain
and rage tattered from waving too long in a brutal wind?

Women Behind the Wall: Finding Light in Darkness

By Friends at Churches for Middle East Peace

Episode 4: Finding Light in Darkness
The Women Behind the Wall podcast highlights female voices from the Holy Land, and is hosted and produced solely by women who live and work in Jerusalem.

Listen First

By Jon Carlson
Most of us get our news from outlets that generally confirm our way of thinking. Today, try to actively seek out sources of information beyond your “bubble.” And, as much as possible, try to withhold judgment…even if you think it to be in error. Ask God to reveal truth in surprising ways.

A Seat at the Table

By Jon Carlson
Today, try to reach out to someone who disagrees with your politics. Schedule a time to get together for lunch or coffee. As you prepare to meet, ask God to give you the grace to be “quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry” (James 1:19).

Skipping the News?

By Jon Carlson
Today, try to avoid devoting attention to the news media. Skip your typical sources of news (print media, television, radio, websites, social media, etc.) and try to commit to praying for peace during the time you would normally be following the 24-hour news cycle. Ask God to reveals ways you may be distracted from the “divine and necessary service” (Origen) to which you have been called.

What If We Don’t Agree?

By Jon Carlson
Today, ask God to bring to mind a journalist, commentator, or leading thinker who doesn’t share your views. Pray God’s blessing on them. Repent of times you have used “warlike and arrogant swords of argument” (Origen) when trying to prove a point. Ask God to reveal ways to seek mutual understanding—or even mutual edification—with those who don’t agree with you.

We Won’t Let You Go Home, but You Can’t Stay Here

By Jon Carlson

It started the way these things often do—a routine announcement from the pilot that they had a warning light in the cockpit. We couldn’t take off yet. So we sat on the tarmac in Quito, surrounded by the Andes mountains, and we waited.

Our Shared Humanity

By Jon Carlson
Today, pray for an international enemy. Invite God to bring to mind a nation, ethnic group, or organization often identified as an “enemy” (such as Iran, North Korea, Russia, ISIS, etc.) Ask God to bless them, and bring them greater knowledge of the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. Pray for God to soften your own heart and eliminate any hatred you may harbor. Ask for a deeper awareness of our

Wij Zijn Hier/We Are Here

By Katelyn Durst

We are here
and you’d like to forget it,
have us more hidden
then our black faces
and tired, old eyes.

Isn’t it enough to leave
my own country as a teenager?