Tag: grief

Celebrating the Years

I’ve never been good at celebrating myself. I’m not sure why, really, but birthdays have always been… Awkward. Why is that? Even when it wasn’t about my age, I never liked the attention that a birthday brings. While I should be thankful for another year–another day to be alive, I focus instead on the awkwardness…

A Storm Is Coming

You’ve seen it and felt it–the “calm before the storm”. But that kind of calm can make you anxious. Fearful even, as you wonder what the repercussions will be… It is the quiet that comes after the storm that is refreshing. Soothing, in a way. Quiet respite from the turbulent time that has passed. The…

When God says, “I Will”

This is for you, my friend. You are many.  You are grieving, hurting, struggling, doubting. And you need answers: “Is God listening?”  “Does He see?”  “Does He care?”  “How can I know He will be there for me?” The answers are there, in His Word. Remember this and be brave; take it to heart, you transgressors!…

Every Hour

Especially in the dark ones. Grief and pain and loss surround us, and it is not coincidence that the songs of my youth fill my heart and my spirit when I am seeking the Savior.  This sharing of pain, this heartache, is nothing compared to the grief of a parent that has lost a child.…

When the Words Don’t Come

When you want to pray.  You need to pray.  But you just don’t know where to start. The words don’t come. Or they sound hollow. Then there are times when we fall instantly to our knees.  Begging.  Pleading. Tears blurring our vision. We cry out to God.  Our Father.  Our Creator.  Healer. Sustainer. Ever-present help in time…

Love and Broken Hearts

Life is precious. Why something so obvious needs to be said is beyond my scope of understanding. But it’s true.  Humanly speaking, we often take life for granted.  We live like today–this moment–is all that matters.  We scurry through the day with our own agenda and hardly give thought to what opportunities we might be…

Talk about “Coincidence”: Seriously?

I’m struggling. Like many of you, I grieve for the families in Oklahoma and all those connected to them. Life is a woven tapestry of joy and pain and this week has taken me the full gamut of emotions. I am not even remotely convinced that these life events, or any random activity that we are involved…