in the valley

The times we were close, the times I sought You above all—You were close to me because I had nothing. You pushed all aside so that all I had was You. I was in a foreign place, surrounded by those who were different from me, far away from those who knew me. I clung to […]

Read More in the valley

faith, culture, and musings

In reading Kelly Marie Tran’s op-ed in the New York Times today, I can’t help but think about my childhood as well. I was born and raised in the US, but I’m not sure I’ve ever felt comfortable saying I’m American because people have always put a qualifier in front of that. I’m Chinese American. […]

Read More faith, culture, and musings

daughter day one

“Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” – Luke 8:48 “Daughter.” In a time and culture where fathers advocated for their daughters, this woman came to Jesus alone and ashamed. She was known to all as unclean, and there was no father to defend her or speak on her behalf. Upon touching […]

Read More daughter day one

you keep using that word

Words are powerful little creatures, made up of as little as one letter. They have the ability to lift up and tear down, encourage and demoralize. Humanity is fascinated by the strength of words. We seek to wield its potentials as a weapon, using it to cut our enemies down and defend our loved ones. But […]

Read More you keep using that word

up to the highest height

Let’s go fly a kite Up to the highest height! Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring On my way home yesterday, I drove past a man on the bridge. He was likely homeless, the childless jogging stroller carrying all of his material possessions. It was a brief glance, but what I saw in […]

Read More up to the highest height

Do you wish to get well?

Jesus asked the man at the pool if he wanted to get well. The man made lots of excuses in his response: no one would help him; people keep getting in front of him (John 5:1-17). Jesus asked a simple “yes or no” question. And I think the message underlying it is, “Say ‘yes,’ and I’ll […]

Read More Do you wish to get well?