Olvido

By: Gabriela Yareliz I heard Erwin McManus say that when cultures do not change, they repeat behaviors. We see this in how the world operates. Political systems showcase this. Just the other day, I was looking at an article in The New Yorker which reminded me of the Pacto del Olvido (the pact to forget),Continue reading “Olvido”

Bonhoeffer’s Journal

Even while being a minister playing games to escape the attention of the Nazi government while at the same time provoking them, Bonhoeffer kept a journal. This is how we know so much about his thoughts as he traveled, escaped trouble, landed in trouble, was imprisoned, met people and studied Scripture. This was a timeContinue reading “Bonhoeffer’s Journal”

Genocide Games

By: Gabriela Yareliz The Beijing 2022 Olympics begin in February. World governments have taken weak stances on China, a power that has no problem killing its own people, en masse. As we play around with diplomatic incompetence, there is a continual genocide being perpetrated against religious minorities, which includes the Uyghurs “who are a TurkicContinue reading “Genocide Games”

Leadership

“Where books are burned, they will, in the end, burn people, too.” Heinrich Heine By: Gabriela Yareliz I write this in reflection of what we have been witnesses to, in the past two years. I won’t pretend to be some brave crusader, as I recognize in retrospect that in important moments, my dissent was aContinue reading “Leadership”

Eyes On You

By: Gabriela Yareliz Welcome to another day. A new variant. A new state of emergency. More fear being vomited onto us. (If only we reacted to it as the vomit that it is). That’s what seems to be heaped on us, like a bad record on repeat. It’s the day after the worst day ofContinue reading “Eyes On You”

Freedom, Faith and Virtue

By: Gabriela Yareliz I had the opportunity to listen to Eric Metaxas the other day, through a livestreamed event about his latest book, Is Atheism Dead? His discussion was on freedom, faith and virtue, and how they are all intertwined. Metaxas has written many best selling books, including one on William Wilberforce, Amazing Grace: WilliamContinue reading “Freedom, Faith and Virtue”

Carried Home

By: Gabriela Yareliz Recently, my fiancé (yes– you read that right!) and I were driving back from a farm outside of the city. Taconic State Parkway, y’all. Unwillingly crawling our way back into Gotham City. It was late, and it’s a dark highway. The only thing illuminating those narrow, dark winding roads was the occasionalContinue reading “Carried Home”

Freedom

By: Gabriela Yareliz “Deep down we all know that freedom is a choice, yet so many of us don’t feel that truth.” Beth Kempton, Freedom Seeker: Live More. Worry Less. Do What You Love. This season is made for reflection. As the year 2020 was ending yesterday, I saw an overview of the year thatContinue reading “Freedom”

Sunday Girl: March 20, 2016

By: Gabriela Yareliz Semana Santa (Holy Week) begins. Easter weekend is coming. Easter and Passover always reminds me that God can do and does the impossible. It’s a reminder of His crazy love for us; a reminder that redemption has been completed; a reminder to rest in His provision and leading. I haven’t been resting much, literally, (IContinue reading “Sunday Girl: March 20, 2016”

The Present

By: Gabriela Yareliz History books are filled with what’s important to us. Our victories, our battles, and everything in between. In the book, bad and good make it in. In it, we find things that hurt us; things that surprised us; things we couldn’t control; things we provoked. History books hold our story; half writtenContinue reading “The Present”