Empathy

Empathy in essence is being aware of another person's feelings. It is a way of understanding those feelings as one's own (emotions). If we simply are aware of another person's feelings in all likelihood we are 'sympathizing' with them rather than feeling empathy which would require us to use our imagination and place ourselves in … Continue reading Empathy

The Breath of God

Last sunday (May 31st 2020) we remembered the Pentecost. Pentecost itself is a harvest festival that the Israelites celebrated. Shavout or Feast of Weeks is a joyous time of giving thanks. It is a pilgrimage feast so Jewish males from all over Israel got together in Jerusalem to celebrate. Just before Jesus ascends into the … Continue reading The Breath of God

Listen- Do- Love- Walk

The past few months have exposed many inhumane incidents. Racism, Caste-ism , Classism, Sexism and so much more. All of these calls to mind the responsibility of life. Micah 6:8 - No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, … Continue reading Listen- Do- Love- Walk

Gearing up for a ‘new normal’

We have entered a 3rd 'lockdown' in India (May 3rd- 17th 2020) with some relaxations in different pockets of the Nation. What we might enter into the Post-COVID days would most likely not be the same prior to March 2020. Hence, it is essential to prepare for the 'new normal' that many are talking about. … Continue reading Gearing up for a ‘new normal’

Challenge: Beauty in the Midst of it All

Here is something everyone/anyone can do. Just take a picture of something that draws your attention, that captures your imagination and puts a smile on your face. Caption it describing the feelings it evoked and share it for the world to experience something positive. You may post your pictures on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.532465570973637&type=3 or in … Continue reading Challenge: Beauty in the Midst of it All

The privilege of gratitude

Gratitude is a positive response shown by the recipient of generosity, towards the giver (Wikipedia). Several studies on gratitude have noted the positive impact on an individual's well being. One of the key findings in the process of observing gratitude is that people not only acknowledge the goodness in their lives but also recognize that … Continue reading The privilege of gratitude

Equal!?

A few weeks ago I found myself with a few other women searching for a theme for an event. We looked at this year's  International Women's Day theme - Gender Equality. There was an uncomfortable silence.  And we moved on to another topic. Gender equality, is it something only feminists desire? I am not a … Continue reading Equal!?

Daniel 2

King Nebuchadnezzar II was a powerful, irrational and highly emotional king.  The book of Daniel chapter 2 records his frustration over a troublesome dream he had. He doesn't remember his dream and is determined to know what it means. His fortunetellers, magicians, and enchanters are brought in for this task. Their responses recorded in verses … Continue reading Daniel 2

Daniel 1

The book of Daniel in the Bible starts with captivity. This captivity and conquest was prophesied so Daniel probably remembered the words of the prophets as he was being led away from his land and people. However,  because of his youth and intellect, he was enslaved to serve the king. He was enslaved to serve … Continue reading Daniel 1