The Double Click: Prayer, Jane the Virgin, and Passports

Sometimes time zones, laundry, and the algorithms of social media mean we miss each other online. So I'm sharing my recent, favorite links for you to read when you get a chance. Here's some fun articles (and pics) to make you laugh and to make you think.

Five Prompts For Praying The News || The High Calling

As current events serve to polarize people further and further from one another, let’s consider how we, as people of faith might respond. What if, when engaging the news in our context, we first create space to meet with God in the midst of a hurting world?

14 Beautiful Experiences That Make Your Cross-Cultural Relationship Truly Special || HuffPost Weddings

There are many defining moments in inter-cultural relationships that allow you to both appreciate each other's differences... and just how thrilling those differences can turn out to be. For those of you who are already in the cultural thick of it (so to speak), you probably know these moments all too well.

Jane the Virgin Proves Diversity Is More Than Skin Deep || The Atlantic

As the only show currently on network television with a predominantly Latino cast, Jane the Virgin matters. The CW’s comedy-drama, loosely adapted from a Venezuelan telenovela and now in its second season, coincides with a reinvigorated debate about immigration, citizenship, and Latinos in America. At a time when getting people of color into more colorblind roles is widely viewed as the end goal for diversity on TV, the show stands out by going in the opposite direction—by fully drawing on the complexity of its characters’ Latino culture.

The department anticipates a surge in passport demand throughout this year, and officials hope to avoid a crush that could leave some Americans fuming in frustration with no passport in hand on the day they planned to travel outside the country.

The Rainy Winter Vacation {On Practicing Gratitude} || Addie Zierman

In a Brené Brown talk I listened to recently, she talked about the research she’d done around gratitude. That it’s not an attitude like the old platitude goes – Have an attitude of gratitude! Rather, it’s a practice. The people who have integrated gratitude into their lives are people who are intentional about it. Who practice it like scales, every day: I am grateful for…and I am grateful for…and I am grateful.

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