Beware of False Prophets

If you watch late night television and you’re like me, you might know it’s easy to get caught up in the infomercials that offer the latest, greatest solution to life’s biggest problems. Sometimes they solve problems I didn’t even know I had! But after watching just a few minutes of the infomercial, it’s easy to become persuaded that I really need whatever it is they’re trying to sell. … [Read more...]

Rediscovering Miriam (part 3)

He said that whenever and wherever his good news would be shared, what I did would also be remembered and told.... Maybe it was that experience - that understanding - that convinced me to stay beside him a few days later. Many of his other disciples had struggled to understand his teaching, especially when he talked about his impending death. And when things didn’t make sense, … [Read more...]

Rediscovering Miriam (part 2)

I came from Migdal. A town widely known for its fish - a special coincidence I hardly consider chance. After all, Jesus called his disciples “fishers of men” - I was one of his fishers. I was one of those who fished for humanity with Jesus’ truth. I proudly declared my role as a fisher of men in my very name. I was Miriam of Migdal - that’s what he called me…. But I’m getting ahead of … [Read more...]

Rediscovering Miriam (Part 1)

Easter always reminds me of her. So much attention is focused on the disciples who fearfully ran off. They abandoned Jesus. Even denied him. And yet, so little attention is focused on her. Except maybe when the scriptures are read. Of course, I’ve always preferred the scriptures about her over the fanciful, awful stories, legends and fables. Those made up stories run rampant about her. … [Read more...]

Searching for Peace in the Not-So-Silent-Night

My dad typically only wore his suit jacket to church twice a year – on Easter and Christmas. On those two days, my younger sister and I would always be sure to sit on either side of him. Just like Frosty's hat, there must have been some magic in those suit jacket pockets, for at Easter they were filled with black jelly beans and at Christmas – miniature candy canes. All throughout … [Read more...]