Gathering Stars

Sometimes we forget. We forget to look around. To see the world from a larger point of view. To seek God in the midst of confusion, turmoil, and fear. But long ago, God asked an ancient man to look up. Because this man, named Abram, thought his world could end. In this practice based on God’s advice to Abram we breathe, look up, see God’s presence spread across the sky, and gather God’s gifts into our hearts and minds.

Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez is a writer, early child development specialist, and seminarian. She is also a sudden widow, parent, and in trauma recovery. Together with her late husband, she developed The Men’s Center, a place for those healing from childhood sexual violence or sexual addictions. Jennifer loves writing faith resources for people of all ages. Her work appears in resources published by Media 1517, Augsburg Fortress, and Westminster John Knox Press. Jennifer’s articles, essays, and a children’s psalm she wrote appear in various Christian publications. She currently curates the trauma recovery page for Compassionate Christianity at When not writing, Jennifer is learning how to be a pastor at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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