"As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; … Continue reading The Stewardship of Pain
Thanksgiving and Christmas are here, such exciting and precious times to celebrate family and the rich blessings of God. Greetings of "Happiness" and "Merriness" are at every turn. The words "joy" and "rejoice" are in the air now more than any other time of year. As a result I've been meditating at length on what … Continue reading Sorrowful Yet Always Rejoicing
Scott and I recently met a sweet mom who also knows the pain of the absence of her child. As we were discussing our shared grief she volunteered that the doctor who was caring for her child has repeatedly tearfully apologized for the death of her child. Even upon seeing them a year later he … Continue reading The Power of an Apology
"my soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is; so I say, 'My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the LORD.' Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and … Continue reading Waiting in Solitude
"And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, 'If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it.'" … Continue reading Botswana Bound?
"He will swallow up death for all time, And the Lord GOD will wipe tears away from all faces, And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; For the LORD has spoken. And it will be said in that day, "Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited … Continue reading The Sanitizing of Grief
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21 [NIV] In the minutes after Scott told Katelyn, … Continue reading Immeasurably More