Giving God Hope

Marlin and Sally Vis

READ : Genesis 1:26-27 God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them . . . (v. 27) Perhaps God in whose image we are made is like us in some ways. Are there times when God, like us, needs a little hope? A bus to the West Bank city of Ramallah passes by. By a window sits a little Palestinian girl watching me, and I catch her eye. She holds my eyes like a …

Children of the Kingdom

Marlin and Sally Vis

READ : Mark 10:13-16 “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” (v. 14) “Mister, Mister.” A small boy is calling out to me. I try to ignore him because I know he wants money. The boy keeps calling as I keep walking. The door of my escape is just ahead. Still he calls, “Mister, Mister.” It’s the wrong door. We’re on the Bethlehem …

Lamb of God

Marlin and Sally Vis

READ : Isaiah 53 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted . . . like a lamb that is led to the slaughter . . . (v. 7) The Muslim feast of Eid el-Adha commemorates the ram that God gave Abraham to sacrifice in place of his son. A part of the preparation for Eid el-Adha is the slaughter of lambs. Outside our East Jerusalem apartment is a pen of sheep. Sally and I stand outside our door, early in …