A Lesson from Jesus’ Selections

By: Gabriela Yareliz Something that has truly impressed me about the series The Chosen is how alive the characters are. They stand before us in their flawed and relatable humanity. Sometimes, when we read Scripture or we have read certain stories over and over again, we see these characters as kind of flat. We missContinue reading “A Lesson from Jesus’ Selections”

Company

“Let me keep my distance, always, from those who think they have answers. Let me keep company always with those who say, ‘Look!’ and laugh in astonishment and bow their heads.” Mary Oliver, “Mysteries, Yes” We all want answers. It’s our human desire. This desire impacts how we communicate with one another. I have foundContinue reading “Company”

Seeing What Others Don’t

By: Gabriela Yareliz One of the most interesting books I have ever read is Seeing What Others Don’t by Gary Klein. It’s a heavy read, but I encourage anyone to pick it up. (I have a special disdain for those who are like, I’ll fill you in on what it says, as you wouldn’t beContinue reading “Seeing What Others Don’t”

Who’s Afraid of (Virginia Woolf)…?

By: Gabriela Yareliz I am a fan of Virginia Woolf… but this play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, is about deeper things. Wikipedia gives us the brief summary that this play was about “who’s afraid of the big bad wolf … who’s afraid of living life without false illusions. The play demonstrates ‘how his charactersContinue reading “Who’s Afraid of (Virginia Woolf)…?”

Why We Can’t Sleep

By: Gabriela Yareliz I’ve enjoyed Tish Harrison Warren’s Prayer in the Night. One of the chapters I most liked was about praying for those who rest. Ironically, as I write this, I should be sleeping. She writes that sleep is “so vulnerable.” “We sometimes have a hard time embracing it. We stay up late, staringContinue reading “Why We Can’t Sleep”

Raising a Flag

By: Gabriela Yareliz I was organizing my clothes and handbags, you know, for optimal use and accessibility. I am a nerd like that. Decided to store some sweaters I have had on rotation since 2020, to make room for some lesser worn items. New decade, new rituals. As I was putting my electric heating patchContinue reading “Raising a Flag”

‘Is God For Me?’ Interview

The realest. Brilliance. I never tire of listening to both of these men separately. So cool to hear them together. “I’ve never been afraid to die. I’ve been afraid to not live each day fully.” Erwin McManus

Parenthood

By: Gabriela Yareliz A few days ago, Audrey Leighton was talking about the book she was reading called Motherhood. It’s a book called “a masterpiece on the moral conundrum involved in the decision to create new life” (Vulture and London Review of Books). I haven’t started reading it, but I am sure I will shareContinue reading “Parenthood”

Screenless

By: Gabriela Yareliz First, I just want to say that I believe everyone should get a spring break. Now that we have that out of the way, I come to my thought on windows. The other day, I sat down to watch a chunk of a movie just before bed. I hadn’t showered yet, andContinue reading “Screenless”

Essential Strangers

By: Gabriela Yareliz Thoughts in the AM: There is a barista whose efficiency and chipper attitude brought sunshine to our days in the summer of 2020 (those were dark days, y’all. People had bubble wrapped their windows and duct taped their doors shut). It’s funny because at first, I thought this barista was a jerk,Continue reading “Essential Strangers”