May God Bless You…


A Franciscan (Christmas) Blessing for Justice and Peace May God bless you with discomfort… at easy answers, hard hearts,  half-truths ,and superficial relationships.  May God bless you so that you may live  from deep within your heart where God’s Spirit dwells. May God bless you with anger… at injustice, oppression,  and exploitation of people. May … Continue reading

Forgive Me, For My Faith Is Simple

There is a group of women who speak little English and spend their days selling their bodies for money. They send home everything they earn to their families who live in poverty. They put their children through school and bread on the table and their dream, like every mothers dream, is that their children and … Continue reading

On My Own, I Am Not Enough (Over at SheLoves Magazine…)


This one was hard one to write, it brought back a lot of sad memories, but it also reminds me that sometimes fighting human trafficking is as unremarkable as stretching our boundaries on what it means to give enough, some days it is as simple as reading a bedtime story to little girls who need … Continue reading

A Broken Hallelujah: For The Unborn Child


“Is it a boy or a girl?” I overheard their discussion in the kitchen and popped my head in, “Did I hear you say, a boy or girl!? Are you pregnant?” She grinned at me, “I was trying to hide it, but now it is getting obvious.” I could see it, the little bump that … Continue reading

There May Yet Be Hope


“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,     for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;     great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;     therefore I will wait for him.”  The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,     to the one who seeks him;  it is good to wait … Continue reading

And There Remains a Sabbath Rest For The People of God


He called to me.  Come Saskia, I have something to show you. I looked around, there was so much to do. “I will in a minute.” Come, you don’t want to miss this. “Okay, okay, let me just finish this.” I’ll wait. I got the bike out of the shed and biked away from my … Continue reading

Seeing the Beautiful and Strong in My Mother

The funny thing about becoming an adult is that you begin to see your parents differently. You start to understand and process the things that never really made sense to you before. My parents celebrated 25 years of marriage (and my oma and opa celebrated 50 years) this summer. That is kind of incredible. I … Continue reading

Over all these virtues…

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of … Continue reading

Soup, Sex, and Thankfulness for my Feet.

A slightly inappropriate blog post on thankfulness.  My toes sink deeper into the sand as the waves wash up and over my feet, circling around my ankles and drawing back again. The cold water stings, and I feel the blisters and open cuts on my heels burn a little as I step forward into the ocean. Waist … Continue reading

Freedom Story Update

In January I posted about a woman named Linda (not her real name). Her situation came to my attention after someone contacted me on twitter mentioning that they knew a lady who was looking to exit the sex industry. He asked for a contact in Johannesburg and I was able to connect him with someone working … Continue reading

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