July 15, 2018

not according to my time, God, but Yours. 
for your plans are greater. Your timing. more intentional. 
the stories you craft are far more beautiful. 
than anything I could ever dream of.

July 8, 2018

the sun also rises

“In friendship...we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years' difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another...the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting--any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you," can truly say to every group of Christian friends, "Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another." The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” - C.S. LewisThe Four Loves

June 24, 2018

His Kingdom Come: Stuffed and Starved (Overview)

"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:10

The food system hits close to home for me. While I had been exposed to some of its injustices in the past, my spring semester's public health nutrition class gave me the opportunity to learn more deeply about the complexity and wide-reach of food.

What we eat is intimately connected to our agriculture, which has tremendous impacts on ecological balance, immigration, animal/human rights, environmental toxicity, and politics. What we produce inevitably influences our grocery stores, our physical and financial access to food, the foodservice industry, international trade, transportation, culture, health and nutrition. What's produced but not consumed transforms to issues related to food waste.

Thinking about the problems caused by our broken food system is crippling, and this paralysis extends to all of the social justice issues our world faces. Children have been cruelly ripped apart from their parents. My hometown is currently divided on a proposal to introduce armed police officers to public schools. My university faced violence, open and repeated acts of intolerance, and tragic death this past year. Last summer, I met cancer patients who struggled with their disease, other chronic illnesses, emotional pain, food insecurity, and immigration issues -all at once.

One day in class, my Spanish professor initiated a spontaneous, class-long discussion about the discrimination our campus was facing. Before we left with heavy hearts, he looked at each of us squarely and said, "Chicos, no sean complacientes." Don't be complacent.

But what can we do in addition to praying? What actions can we take right now?

June 10, 2018

Sunday Dialogues: Your Gift is a Provision

We're all gifted in one way or another. You may be an athlete, a musician, a friend who can listen like no other. Sharing these gifts may seem more straightforward: volunteer as a soccer coach, teach kids how to play an instrument, share your time with others who need a shoulder to cry on.

June 3, 2018

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chunk Pancakes (Vegan)

Is it possible to have forgotten how good pancakes taste?!

On that same note, I've also forgotten how much fun it is to take and edit photos. Racing against natural laws of chemistry when snapping photos while the butter melted off of the hot pancakes was quite the scene. I had to add countless pats of butter and pour more syrup than a 5 year old just to get the shots. In the end, the top pancake was reluctantly tossed - after all, they have to remain a healthy-ish recipe, right?