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Author: Inés Velásquez-McBryde

Inés is an ordained pastor, preacher, reconciler, writer, and speaker. We are pleased to feature Inés as a regular Life for Leaders writer.

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Cultivate Hope

Hope has an inner sense of elusiveness at times, even and especially when one doesn’t seem to be able to catch it, capture it, or keep it.

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Count the Stars

I am not hopeless because I count the stars.

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The Face of Us

If the gospel is the love of God in the face of Christ, could the face of Christ in the face of us be an extension of the same?

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The Face of God

What if Philip was simply asking: What is God like?

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Jesus the Superior Water

If we find ourselves in the desert, could there really be rivers of living water flowing from us?

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A flock of sheep with a shepherd in a valley in the Himalayas

God as the Lead Shepherd

What all did we lose?

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Peace and Fish

Jesus longs to give you his presence, his peace and a piece of food for your deepest hunger.

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Named

I don’t know about you, but this year I experienced resurrection in a drastically different way than any year prior.

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El Verbo Among Us

Every translation is an interpretation.

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Empty Water Jars

What is easier to say: Fill the jars with water, or Bring your empty water jars?

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Samuel’s Call to Speak

Everybody wants the power and agency to speak. Not everyone knows how to temper the way we speak with humility.

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Hannah’s Lamentation

The God of heaven hears the voices of the unheard.

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Advent: Light Through: Mother Mary

God needed her witness & her words.

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Advent: Light With Us: Immanuel

This is an affirmation of presence. Not hopes to be, not begging to be, God IS with us.

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An open Bible and a coffee cup that says "Be still and know that I am God"

Peace-Seeking

I love that the source of peace is God: “the peace of God”.

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