Author Archives: Susan Irene Fox

Thorns

I am a woman who reached out to touch the robe of Jesus, but in the surge of the crowd, was swept back, and my fingertips fell short. (Luke 8:44-48) Perhaps that’s why I so easily recognize shame, am so sensitive to grace, am so willing to offer compassion. Because I am left with a […]

See Yourself in Others

  “See Yourself in Others” – Tribeca Film Festival – Directed by Jared Knecht

Rediscovering Relationship

“What if we know that forgiveness and mercy are what heal and restore and define us, that they actually are the fragrance that the rose leaves on the heel that crushes it? So why today is it absolutely all I can do to extend mercy to myself for wanting to nip an annoying relative’s heel […]

Easter People Behind Locked Doors

Originally posted on Downward, Upward, and Forward Behind Jesus:
As a Special Olympian, Andrew has run in many 1 mile “fun runs,” but he has always dreamed of finishing a 5k race. However, Down’s Syndrome and surgically-reconstructed knees have made it impossible. The good news is Easter transforms impossibility into reality. 1 Peter 1:3-9 NRSV It’s…

Dancing With God

Don’t criticize me for my dance with God, who brings me confidence. He lifts my mind up from despair because I know He’s everywhere.   The Father’s lavish love implants my heart with kindness in advance of meeting strangers unaware, because I know He’s everywhere.   Through Jesus, grace shows evidence of living water when […]

Continuing the Journey

On this continuing journey of a thousand steps and more, on earth hand in hand with Jesus, in the embrace of my Father, I find peace of indescribable beauty. My journey with Jesus is difficult for many to understand; for Jews, for Muslims, for atheists – even for Christians. I subscribe to a loving, grace-filled […]

A Few Good Friends

I am lucky to find myself late in life with a few good friends with whom I can be completely transparent, completely myself. I am accepted by them not in spite of my weakness, but loved because the weakness is part of my whole; it makes me who I am, and I am seen by […]

Walk With Him

“For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:14) When I walk with You, I walk on air. When You hold my hand, it can’t compare To the peace I feel when You touch me with grace, And my heart You […]

Falling in Love

“Have no doubt, though: great love is always a discovery, a revelation, a wonderful surprise, a falling into ‘something’ much bigger and deeper that is literally beyond us and larger than us.” Richard Rohr1 Great love is what our Father sent us through Christ Jesus. Great love is what Jesus wrapped us in during his […]

Becoming Living Water

“On the last day, the biggest day of the festival, Jesus stood again and spoke aloud. “If any of you is thirsty, come to Me and drink. If you believe in Me, the Hebrew Scriptures say that rivers of living water will flow from within you.” (John 7:37-38) Unconditional love. Abundant grace. Extraordinary peace. These […]