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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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Rolled tacos with salsa verde

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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People raising their hands to worship in front of a sign that says Jesus

El Verbo Among Us

Every translation is an interpretation.

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A wine carafe on a table next to water bottles at a wedding banquet

Empty Water Jars

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

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a black rotary telephone on a red wooden wall

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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a woman sitting at the end of a dock looking at the water

Hannah’s Lamentation

The God of heaven hears the voices of the unheard.

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A modern art representation of the Virgin Mary holding Jesus

Advent: Light Through: Mother Mary

God needed her witness & her words.

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A nativity set

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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The word "Thankful" surrounded by images of fall

Gracias-Giving

Gratitude may give us the grace to grow.

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Dolores Huerta Mural by Yreina Cervántez; Los Angeles, First Avenue Bridge

Hispanic Heritage Month: Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta saw human need and her inner drivenness said: Sí se puede. 

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Several young women seated in a circle, one with a tshirt that says "Gimme Jesus"

Hispanic Heritage Month: My Abuela’s Mesa

My Abuela’s Mesa was a table of leadership where she led with generosity.

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Reeds growing out of the water

Miriam and Moses

Every superhero and super-shero has an origin story. An origin story often includes a flashback that tells us how that person acquired his or her powers as well as purpose in fighting crime. When I think of Moses I have visions of that old Charlton Heston movie “The Ten Commandments” where Moses faces the burning bush or is standing before the parting of the Red Sea. However, I am captivated by his origin story and the critical role of his older sister Miriam. Miriam’s curiosity and creativity may have seemed small, but they were of biblical proportions.

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Two nurses holding a baby up to a window

Midwifing the Kingdom

Our work is a witness not so much in what we do, but in how we go about doing it. The midwives are exemplars of agents of life that God sets into motion to usher the life of the Kingdom. Work is the womb where that life is nourished and birthed. They knew the policies that affected people rested in their hands. They did the next right thing. The next right thing is usually the hard thing. 

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A dove flying through the air

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. My grandmother’s witness as a creative entrepreneur was to cultivate it. In the face of hopeless situations, she kept hope at hand and was in the habit of cultivating it with her actions.

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