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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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A crocheted nativity scene with Mary, Joseph, Jesus, sheep, shepherds, and the Magi

Advent: Honest Revelation

The same God who sets the galaxies into motions sustains your life in motion. The same God who created the skies orchestrates the stars in the sky just to come get you. May you know, like the Magi, that you aren’t lost in this season. You are looking. May you follow in their steps of ordinary revelation: to wake up, to watch and to walk. Every morning. Every night. May you know God is in your holy night and in this holy darkness. A benevolent (not malevolent) darkness where the darker the sky, the brighter the stars shine to show you the way.

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Advent: Honest Invitation

If you lean into the song-text and take a closer look at this child, cousin of Jesus, his calling in life extends a gentle invitation in our own waiting. The grace that Elizabeth’s womb is nourishing is one that will “give knowledge of salvation…give light…in the darkness…and guide our feet into the way of peace.” John’s calling is to give and to guide. Our invitation is to receive and to be led into peace.  

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A Light That Loves

Jesus gives directions to Ananias like we give directions in my hometown of Managua, Nicaragua.

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A Light That Blinds

It can be of comfort to us that our Jesus, our Savior, considers his body as communal.

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Legacy of Grace – Part II

With gritty grace, Stephen tells the truth about their hearts.

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Legacy of Grace – Part I

In a world obsessed with acquiring and misusing power, they were afraid of Stephen’s grace.

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Juneteenth

As I pause to consider the history of Juneteenth, I think about the liberation that Jesus preached as he healed individuals. He never was just about freeing and healing one person. Jesus was always about restoring that person or people group back into the society that had marginalized them.

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Grace is Gritty

The grace of God is gritty. Grace-giving and grace-receiving are part of the tough fibers that hold a community together. 

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Remember, Return, Retell

I do not know what bemuses me the most about this story: that Jesus appears suddenly to startled disciples and declares “Peace be with you” or that he asks if anyone has anything to eat and they casually give him broiled fish? 

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Silencio

The women were with each other. In the silence. In the waiting. In the grief. In the questions. In your anxiety. In your doubts. In your fears. Find the with-ness of God in the witness of people around you.

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Receding Waters

Recreation requires new rhythms for new life to grow moving forward.

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God Remembers

God remembers. God remembered. God will continue to remember God’s own children.

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When Silence and Singing Kiss

God’s faithfulness did not depend on Zechariah’s.

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A statue of the Virgin Mary, who is pointing at her heart, under a pine tree outside in the snow

Your Calling is Calling

Calling and identity are dialectical. We are called by God and we are also called by others.

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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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