Words to build by

Have you ever lived in a house that was getting a new roof? For the last two weeks the rhythmic pounding of the roofers started each morning by 8am. On occasion an exceptionally loud bang would startle me. Today is Sunday and I am happy to be able to hear the ticking...

@living_through_loss

It’s hard to hear the answer to prayer through the background noise of our tears and the desperation of loss. But it is not to say that God is absent in the tragedies of life. In my experience, He works faithfully and powerfully even when the heart cannot feel it...

Why must we suffer?

As I bow my head to pray these days, I find myself praying for more and more people who are suffering. I pray for their healing and comfort, and for their families to endure. And, as I find myself adding to this list seemingly every day, and with it being the Easter...

The Olive Tree

Long ago there was a monk who needed olive oil, so he planted a small olive tree. After he planted it, he prayed, “Lord, please send gentle showers. My tree needs water so its tender roots will drink and grow.” And the Lord sent gentle showers. The monk prayed...

Who?

Who? Who’s Habakkuk? This past week our Bible group wrapped up the study of the Book of Habakkuk. Habakkuk is one of the minor prophets of the Bible. The group of twelve “minor” prophets were named so, not because their words were of less value, but because their...

Tell your story

Last week I was asked to submit a quote for a magazine article on grief. The writer wanted me to answer the question, “when you are grieving what is the most helpful thing someone could say to or do for you?” She asked me to do it in one or two sentences! It was no...

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