Posts in Faith

Empathy in a cold world

  It may be a form of coping mechanism. We trick ourselves into believing that other people’s pain can’t possibly be as painful as ours. As if I feel more when I cut myself on a knife than my neighbor does. Theoretically this may be true, because pain is hard... Read More

September 6, 2017 Leave your thoughts

When Holocaust is understandable

This post I wrote a year ago and got more comments and views than any other post I have written. I thought then that the world was at an all-time low. I was wrong. With last week’s events, I think this needs to be said again:   ”How could they?”... Read More

January 29, 2017 1 Comment

The boy who cried

Sitting around low tables in a building with no windows we were all focused on the brand-new markers, pencils and, not to mention, the pencil sharpeners. I gave each child a piece of paper and asked them to draw their homes before they fled from their villages, their country, and... Read More

January 2, 2017 1 Comment

Meeting Jesus in Aleppo

I have been thinking about Jesus. It is natural, since most of the Western world is getting ready to celebrate his birth. It is not so much Jesus at the shopping malls I have been thinking of. Not even Jesus in nicely polished churches on Christmas morning.  I have been... Read More

December 21, 2016 4 Comments

Grocery shopping on Hamra

My jog along the beach walkway downtown Beirut was over and I was walking back to our guesthouse. Suddenly I heard a small tap on my shoulder. I turned around and next to me was a small child, with long, a little matted hair, and very dirty clothes. She stretched... Read More

December 9, 2016 Leave your thoughts

God in the bumps

  God comes to you disguised as your life, said Paula D’Arcy. I read this today and it rung true. Long ago, as a small girl with pigtails, I thought of my future life as a straight line forward. There were neither bumps, potholes or sharp curves. Instead there was... Read More

September 29, 2016 2 Comments

How long is forever? Sometimes just a second*

Aimlessly scrolling down the newsfeed on Facebook looking for something to catch my eye is a waste of my life. As is regretting what I did yesterday or the choices I made last year. Spending my time and energy thinking and fretting about hurtful words that stung takes time and... Read More

September 22, 2016 2 Comments

To know how to love, start loving

Picasso, he said: “To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing,” when talking to a friend about how to get over creative block. Isabel Allende had similar sentiments when asked about how to keep writing when you don’t feel like it: Show up, show up and show up, is... Read More

September 13, 2016 Leave your thoughts

To be as free as I want to be

There are times I look at birds flying in the sky, carefree and brave, and wish I was them. I am not particularly fond of heights, but it is their freedom that I envy them. I used to think of freedom as freedom of expression, of speech and of religion.... Read More

August 23, 2016 2 Comments

Transformational love. It can suck.

  There are some basic truths to life: Everybody will get blisters. Love is overrated. No, this is better: Pimples are inevitable. Love hurts. Or, how about this one: All will have bad hair days. Love sucks. And then the ultimate: The blisters, the pimples and the bad hair days... Read More

April 28, 2016 3 Comments