Traveling has given me the opportunity to read more than usual. I love finding new books by hunting through the stacks at the library or sifting through reviews from trusted sources. When I discovered my friend Leslie Verner had a new book coming out this month, I was intrigued. While my travels to unknown places happened later in life, Leslie bravely answered the siren song of escaping to places unknown when she was young by moving to China to teach English.
It is easy to fill in the blank at the end of the title to this blog post with any number of negative words: hate, anger, frustration, threats, empty promises, tears. This week in the news, I was struck at almost every turn with a desire to lash out rather than be still and respond to the negativity with peace and calm.
My years in the classroom learning about Social Justice coupled with some time representing the marginalized when I practiced law right out of school, draw my attention to the unseen struggles that so many face. Like so many of you, I imagine myself in the shoes of the unknown person and try to think how I would respond if I were born into different circumstances. This is hard to do when the other person is acting in ways I cannot fathom acting.
From racism, violence against women, mass shootings, to the treatment of migrants, we can do better as a country.
This week, I am putting the final touches on my latest study and can finally share the big news with you! (Read further and you will see the cover!)
In previous studies we explored the Beatitudes, The Holy Spirit, and Discipling Christ in the model of Mary. In my latest study we dive deeper into the New Testament to understand Jesus’ unfailing love.