Sarah Bessey Articles

Make Room for Joy

It started to snow one morning this week. We’re in an odd little pocket of Canada, caught between the ocean and the...
Longing for His Presence While Celebrating Advent

Longing for His Presence While Celebrating Advent

This past Sunday, my two little nieces performed in their church Christmas pageant. I love to watch Christmas pageants and so few churches do them anymore (for good reason: that amount of work is no joke). One little red-haired lamb and one angel with tinsel-trimmed...

Longing for His Presence While Celebrating Advent

Why I Go To Church

Because we drive by the farms on the edge of town and the tinies watch for sheep.  Because I almost always consider pulling over on the side of the road just to take photos of our Sunday drive: the crisp blue sky and the sharp green rolling hills, the turning-red...

Why You Should Forget What Your Critics Say About You

Why You Should Forget What Your Critics Say About You

Someone told me that I’m disgustingly prideful. They talked and wrote about my hubris, my vanity, my self-importance and self-promotion.   Someone else told me that my hallmark is my humility and self-deprecation.   Someone called me an uppity woman, like it...

Longing for His Presence While Celebrating Advent

The Feminist That Loves Jesus

My first allegiance isn’t to feminism. My first allegiance is to Jesus and His kingdom. Following Jesus changes my feminism, not the other way around. I choose to be a feminist in the way that Jesus would be a feminist.  The ways of the kingdom of God stand in...

When It Feels Like God Is Asking Too Much

When It Feels Like God Is Asking Too Much

I am driving home from a memorial service for a longed-for baby boy. He had red hair. I can only hold back that lung-deep cry for so long before I know it’s time to simply pull over my minivan, so littered with library books and coffee cups and one lonely shoe. Simply...

Longing for His Presence While Celebrating Advent

Faith Sees God’s Hand in Good Times, Bad Times

"You’re here to be light, bringing out the God colors in the world" (Matt. 5:14, MSG).   In my research and work on Jesus Feminist, I found myself struggling to land the book—and my own self—in the hinterland between “Everything is getting better!...

Longing for His Presence While Celebrating Advent

An Open Letter to Women’s Ministries

Author's Note: This column is not directed at any one church or experience. It is an amalgamation of my many years—more than 20—being a part of womens’ ministries in various churches of various denominations in many different contexts.   Dear Women's...

Longing for His Presence While Celebrating Advent

My Preaching Debut

Certain vocational milestones stand out in my mind. There was the day my grade two teacher typed up my first story and told me I should be a writer someday. My first article published in the school newspaper.   The first time someone who did not know me in real...

Longing for His Presence While Celebrating Advent

Are Middle-Aged Women Overlooked in Church?

My sister’s husband recently graduated from university. Between working full-time and being a wonderful father to my two little nieces, it was a busy and arduous road to complete his education. We’re very proud of his perseverance. Among all of the young people, I...

Longing for His Presence While Celebrating Advent

Finding God When Your Baby Won’t Go to Sleep

My youngest child is 14 months old. And she has never, not once, slept through the night. That is roughly 426 nights, straight, of broken sleep for me. My first child slept 12 hours through the night from early infancy. My second child was a bit more of a challenge...

The Power of a Calm Heart

The Power of a Calm Heart

My parents are not writers, they did not grow up as devout readers of literature or poetry, and they value words more than anyone else I know. My father and mother believe that life and death are in the power of the tongue and so they have always been careful about...

Longing for His Presence While Celebrating Advent

Embrace the True Meaning of Easter

It’s Holy Week in the Church calendar now. The world isn’t longing for another easter egg hunt or free chocolate. The longing of our hearts isn’t for a bigger and better stage performance. We’re yearning for Jesus, still, all of us, always. The Church is (hopefully…)...

Longing for His Presence While Celebrating Advent

God’s Desire to Be With You, Not Use You

I have had to yank that lie right out of the ground, burn it like chaff. I know we mean well, of course we do. We say things like: “oh, I just want to be used by God!” We sing songs: “use me, Jesus!” and we mean so well. When we say “used by God” we mean that we want...

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