Jesus tells her everything she has ever done. He is traveling home to Galilee through Samaria, which lies between Israel and Judea. Samaritans are the people who stayed behind when […]
I think she shuts herself off to Jesus’ request because looking at someone else’s vulnerability puts her too much in mind with her own. Maybe seeing the weaknesses of others reminds her painfully of her own failings. She can’t bear another person’s burdens when she has so many of her own.
A few years ago, the feelings of joy and completeness I experienced when I did things I love or spent time with people I love were quickly pushed away to make room for guilt every time. “How can I be this happy? I’m just playing soccer. It’s not like I’m actually doing something worthwhile.”
I didn’t have words to express it this clearly back then, but I think I felt that I was only good enough to be loved by God, or even to be happy, when I was at that moment engaged in an act of service to others.
Editor’s Note: This post is based on a sermon written by Benjamin Weber for St. Agatha Mennonite Church and First Mennonite Church. Benjamin is one of 9 young adults currently […]
We too, may miss the value of rich viewpoints around us if we never risk vulnerability by choosing to engage others who seem different from ourselves. By letting arbitrary boundaries supported by fear get in our way, what invaluable messages may we be ignoring and from whom? What judgments do we let cloud our willingness to listen?
Editor’s Note: This post was originally created by Kim Rempel as a sermon for Preston Mennonite Church. Kim is one of 9 young adults currently participating in a PiE […]
When I wake up scared in the night
and when I trip on the ragged edges of things,
I demand her nearness,
shouting myself hoarse until she lifts me up close to her face.
For many years, the church provided me with a place where I felt like I belonged. I was fourteen years old when I “decided” to get baptized. Coming from a […]
*Editor’s Note: This blog is in response to a call from Queer Theology to participate in a “synchroblog” where LGBTQ+ Christians can reflect on their “Queer Calling”. “What does your […]
Opening whatever, could simply gain passage through a door Opening whatever, could be as banal as getting some peanut butter Opening whatever, could bring back the memories of past hurts […]