Karen Chakoian

They Will See God

They Will See God

I remember a friend of mine who went through a crisis. It was like his very identity was in question. He didn’t know who he was anymore. He had always been Somebody, and now he wasn’t so sure.

 At first it was terrifying. But then something started to shift. He felt like he was living in the presence of God. He felt like he had discovered a whole new universe, that had been there all the time, but invisible to him. Suddenly he was there. In this universe, there were different rules. In this universe, love ruled. People weren’t measured by success or failure. Kindness mattered. Showing up mattered. So did understanding, and real connections. Strength and courage mattered – but a different kind of strength, one that didn’t take advantage of other people. It was like a parallel universe, like he had finally found his way home.

Fools for Love

Fools for Love

I don’t know about you, but I believe that God’s wisdom is wiser than the dull, deadly greed of this small, petty world, the predictable power-grabs, the carefully nurtured arrogance and hatred that this world lives by too often. I would much rather live in God’s foolish wisdom than that. 
I want to stand with the fools of this world who dare to believe things can change, even if change becomes costly. 

I want to be one of those fools who believes that goodness is stronger than evil, truth is greater than lies, love is stronger than hatred, and life is stronger than death.

If I’m a fool, then so be it. I would rather live in the foolishness of God. 
I want to live as one of God’s fools for love. 

Pray Like This

Pray Like This

Prayer isn’t intuitively obvious, especially in our secular world. It’s something we learn how to do – by watching others, by being taught. It’s something that has to be learned, and practiced. Even the disciples needed to learn how to pray, and Jesus taught them. Be bold to name the needs you have, he said. Go ask the One who can help you. And then trust that your prayers will be answered. 

Living in the Layers

Living in the Layers

And I knew in my darkest night, however messed up my life had become, that God could use it as the fabric to weave something new. What I saw as a hopeless tangle was the backdrop for something more beautiful.

“How shall the heart be reconciled to its feast of losses?” the poet asks. The only way I know is this: to see God hand leading us through all of our lives, through all the transformations we experience, the twists and turns we have faced, and still will. 

Being Idle, and Blessed

Being Idle, and Blessed

In a world like that, how do we learn how to notice things? To linger over anything? To pay attention, deeply, to the world God made and loves?

There’s something about that, about being in the space of God’s creation that gets us out of our own heads, which frankly can be very scary places.

There’s something about being in touch with something beautiful in nature, something greater than ourselves and our own worries.

There’s something about lingering that calms us down, that brings us to a place where we can breathe more deeply, and feel more grounded, and notice, simply notice, what is good and right and beautiful.

It’s like we’re re-training our mind’s eye to see, really see, with eyes full of light.