It was on a quiet, quarantine morning when I saw them. Maybe it was the consecutive days of social distance that prepared me for this encounter. Perhaps it was the loneliness of isolation that humbled me for this moment. Surely it was the Lord’s nearness, through His Word and by His Spirit, that opened my eyes to see six words leaping right off the page of my Bible. There they were in the text of Mark 10:16, familiar and at-once brand-new. “He took them in his arms.” What was it about this simple sentence that captured my attention and tugged…

How a son of the Arabian Gulf met the Son of God in a strange new place. My story begins in the Arabian Gulf region, where my tribe raised me as a devout Muslim. When I was a child, my father would wake me up at 5 a.m. so we could attend morning prayer at the mosque. Each day, I would sit with my uncles to read and study the Qur’an. By age 10, I had memorized the majority of the book, since family members would award me $100 for each chapter I could recite. Growing up, I performed my…

Staffing and stocking a busy store amid a pandemic is a challenge that grocers are embracing, even as their customers fret over food shortages.

How one church in Brooklyn, the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis, is responding to opportunities in their neighborhood. I can still hear the music spilling from storefront churches on Sunday mornings, smoke billowing from the Caribbean restaurants cooking their jerk chicken and the consistent chaos of jumping on and off subway trains. Woven into our culture is a consistent grind that fits well with the NYC nickname, “The City That Never Sleeps.” Brooklynites in particular have a uniquely prideful ego—feelings of invincibility, constantly busy, always going somewhere, always working or hustling for the next job, and always in search of…