Triple cord of gratitude: A year in review

Triple cord of gratitude: A year in review

Wow! So much has happened in one year that it is hard to even comprehend and write a neat post about. After scrolling through a year of posts in the forms of personal reflections and community stories, there are three things I am most grateful for: 1. My friendship with Sondos Our own ‘2 Faiths[…]

What to do with all the fear?

What to do with all the fear?

As I got ready to go to a bonfire with Muslim and Christian young adults, I realized something terrible had happened that day in Paris and Beirut the day before. I’m not sure why I wasn’t aware of this earlier, but as I scrolled down my Facebook Feed and saw all the responses my mind got anxious and my[…]

Middle East Conflict: What is Mine to Do?

Middle East Conflict: What is Mine to Do?

Watching the news about the Middle East each day is overwhelming, to say the least. Muslims and Christians (and many other groups!) face death, loss of family and friends, property and dignity. The suffering and pain is indescribable. Several close friends in the region are doing very brave work providing in medical, educational and spiritual help[…]

How God used my Muslim friend to help me heal from a broken heart

How God used my Muslim friend to help me heal from a broken heart

As soon as the door opened and our eyes met and I saw that look of understanding, care and genuine concern in the eyes of Sondos, I so wished it would be just the two of us sharing a homemade lunch. However, I quickly shifted gears and greeted the other people in the room and[…]

The joy of knowing who God has made you to be

The joy of knowing who God has made you to be

The bell for recess rang. “Alright everyone, I want to see no running. Go outside in an orderly manner. Michal, I need to talk to you. You stay here.” Everyone looked at me as my head turned red. I had never been asked to stay in class before! Once the class was empty, I walked over to the[…]

Prayer in Muslim-Christian Friendships

Prayer in Muslim-Christian Friendships

“Michal, I need to talk to you.” My dad looked serious. My young mind was racing. Had I done something wrong? Did someone die? Was my dad going to die? He smiled when he saw my concerned face. “I need your opinion and input on a very important decision.” I felt a deep sense of[…]

I’m a Christian that is loving this Muslim song

When I first heard this song, it spoke to me. Although not entirely my music style, I felt that the lyrics were uplifting and inspiring. The song is about someone I deeply love and whose teachings I seek to obey each day: Jesus. But then a great surprise came: this is a song by a Muslim[…]

Writer’s Block and ISIS

Writer’s Block and ISIS

“We need to write a post about ISIS” “I agree… but what should we write?” “Just something personal, a reflection you have” Two days later, I still have nothing on paper. I stare at my screen. Empty. It’s not that I have nothing to say. In fact, all my thoughts and research on the matter[…]

Friends reach out to each other in times of need

Friends reach out to each other in times of need

Still slumbering and trying to wake up, I unlocked my phone for a quick browse before getting out of bed. Facebook and Twitter seemed to have exploded with pictures of three beautiful young Muslims and headlines reading ‘Shot execution style in their home.’ I was immediately awake. My mind was racing trying to make sense[…]

No one likes others to speak for them

No one likes others to speak for them

“So you’re Christian?” I nodded in agreement. “O, that’s so interesting! I just took a class on Christianity” said the middle-aged Muslim lady, ready to start engaging me in conversation about what she’d learned about my faith. “No way! How cool! Where did you take the class?” “At my mosque… it ended just last week”[…]

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