Being Human: Look Ugly in a Photograph

“The more you see the less you know The less you find out as you go I knew much more then than I do now” City of Blinding Lights, U2 By: Gabriela Yareliz GREAT EXPECTATIONS Expectations can be a funny thing. This week, I experienced this, first-hand. I was going to exchange letters with someone…

Being Human: Emotion In Our Veins

“What is most striking to me today about the diary I kept in the camp, seventy-five years ago, is what I left out.” Zuzana Justman By: Gabriela Yareliz WHAT IS LEFT UNSAID I was struck by a piece I read in The New Yorker, called My Terezin Diary, about a holocaust survivor, Zuzana Justman, looking…

Gabriela and the Awful, Rainy, Bad-News-Filled Day

* [Yes, this title is a play on: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, published in 1972, written by Judith Viorst.] By: Gabriela Yareliz What a day it has been. It was a combination of stress, bad news and having to hold in emotions. I had to walk through the rain…

Being Human: Being Art

“To create is to reflect the image of God. To create is an act of worship.” Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art By: Gabriela Yareliz I want us to talk about the way we show ourselves to the world. Recently at church, we were discussing how humans…

Being Human: Here Comes Autumn

FALL TRANSITION By: Gabriela Yareliz And here we are. Inside of my little studio, French jazz playing, little amber candles burning and the drawers of my dresser only half closed. That’s the way it goes on a Friday where I don’t want to leave my house anymore, and I just want to start my sentence…

Sufficient

By: Gabriela Yareliz Society, it fights capitalism and the patriarchy. We censor and then uncensor— we keep searching for something we can break through or break from that will liberate us from all oppressions and oppressors. I am not quite sure what made us decide that the problem is another person or an outside system….

This Past Season

“And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, support, strengthen and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10 By: Gabriela Yareliz I always do enjoy putting my thoughts out into letters. It sort of shifts things in time…

Stronger in Broken Places

“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills.” Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

Community

By: Gabriela Yareliz I was walking in downtown Brooklyn, and a young black man was propelling his skateboard forward, at full speed, on the street. He was going at least three times faster than the cars around him. I had never seen anything like it, and the sound was roaring. He zoomed past me and…

Words from July 2019

By: Gabriela Yareliz These were some of the quotes that caught my ear throughout the month. I sort of ended up with a theme, I feel. Those God moments. From Erwin McManus “You cannot want a world of justice and walk away from the importance of truth. Because when we walk away from truth, we…