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Tasha Jun is a melancholy dreamer, a biracial Korean American storyteller, wife to Matt, and mama to three little warriors. As long as she can remember, she’s lived and stood in places where cultures collide. Writing has always been the way God has led her towards home and the hope...

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  1. Tasha,

    This country needs a revival now. Christians need to take a stand & untangle the racial mess. We need to show the world how to love everyone regardless of race, color or creed-just like Jesus. He even talked to a Samaritan Woman-Jews didn’t talk to women much less Samaritans. He tells us how to love on our brothers & sisters. It is time to stop pre judging people & start showering them with God’s love. Let’s redeem the broken, tangled mess of racial injustice & start shining God’s light & love on it.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Thanks, Beth, I’m grateful for your heart and continued encouragement. So glad you are here!

  2. I needed to hear this. Thank you for sharing these beautifully written words of wisdom. May God continue to strengthen you for the task He has given you.

    • Tami, I’m happy the words resonated with you — I hope they remind you that you aren’t alone. Thanks for being in this space with us.

  3. Thank you, Tasha, for your wise words. Maybe if we prayed through welcoming people into our land, God would provide for all of us. May your yard/garden be blessed and fruitful!

  4. I am grateful for those brave warriors fighting to reflect God’s image more clearly by pulling up the weeds, and hopeful that in my own small life I can do work to make the garden of the church thrive, deepen healthy roots, and bloom with both flowers and fruit. Keep on.

    • Amen, Marian. Let it be so. I’m grateful too and hopeful for the small ways I can tend and repair despite so many things pushing for the opposite. We are glad that you are part of our (in)courage community!

  5. Tasha, this is so beautiful and vulnerable. It resonates with so much that is in my thoughts and heart. We have a backyard like this–and I know very well the pervasive and pernicious roots and vines that try to choke out the beauty we’re trying to create. I pray they don’t win in our lives as we fight injustice. I pray I learn how better every day. Thank you.

    • Jill, thank you. I’m glad to know that it met you in some way and that you get the backyard aspect as well. Amen to your prayer – may it be so. Thank you for being part of this space online with us.

  6. Thank you, Tasha, for this raw and beautiful invitation to let Jesus enable us in our hard, urgent and redemptive work of healing. I’m better for having pondered your words this morning. Thank you for writing and offering them here. With His love!

    • Thank you, Patricia! Your words mean so much to me. I’m so glad we are in this together.

  7. Tasha,
    Thank-you for your beautiful heartfelt message this morning of hope……
    Blessings to all,
    Penny

  8. This! “Are we fools to speak the truth in love, help educate, and persist in sharing our vulnerable stories as people of color, even when it feels like no one cares beyond the hour-long entertainment of a panel on racism or the comfort of another book club?” Such a raw, real, vulnerable question. Thank you for opening our eyes to how excruciating this work feels on behalf of all BIPOC. I’m listening, learning and growing in all the ways I can speak up and support. Thank you so much, Tasha, for your willingness to do this exhausting work. It matters beyond measure.

  9. Thank you for this beautiful picture of restoration – “He tends to our ruins, digging up hope enough to bind our welfare together and heal the land beneath our feet”. I am blessed by your words today.

  10. You’ve been intentional to get into your backyard, week after week, “tending, uprooting, and repairing,” Tasha. We too must be intentional, wherever we are, to tend those around us with kindness and encouragement, to uproot lies with truth (as opportunities arise), and to repair hurts with loving understanding. May we venture into each day with the objective of making one corner of the yard–one corner of our country–a more beautiful and restorative place for those around us. “Each one reach one!” as the old song reminded!

  11. Amen! In Jesus we always have the hope of redemption as an anchor for our souls. May we see the end of systemic degradation come soon, Lord. And may we allow You to carefully tend and heal all our areas of brokenness as we wait.

  12. Thanks for your insight. I can’t help but think of the past 2000 years of the Christian church and it’s listless and dismissive approach to those with disabilities and mental illness. These cross all racial boundaries but yet He says everyone is needed and has something to offer. May He forgive us and help us to start living this as truth.