"You are good, good, oh, you are good, good, oh." The worship leader crooned out these lyrics while the congregation around me joined their voices in uplifted praise to a Good God. I crossed my arms and fought back bitter tears. I closed my eyes and lifted my head. "You are not good. I will … Continue reading When Life is Bad, God is Still Good
Sadness overwhelms me around this time each year. My conflicted emotions battle when I think of our loss, but I allow myself to grieve in January. The anniversary of our miscarriage weighs on me. I feel guilty allowing myself to cry for two reasons. First, I knew about the pregnancy for mere days when I … Continue reading When We Meet Again
I had a neighbor I struggled to love. We had a brief friendship, then a fall-out. Over what, I have no idea. My discomfort around her was palpable. Instead of trying, my strategy became avoidance. My kids would ask to go out front to ride bikes and I wouldn’t answer until I looked out the … Continue reading Three Simple Ways to Love Others
The Christmas season is difficult when you are grieving. Here are a few tips for your hurting heart.
Through the prophet Isaiah, God sent a message of hope to His chosen people. The hope was the prophecy of Jesus Christ, who would come to reconcile all people with God. Just as the Israelites struggled throughout their journey to remain grounded in this hope, often times we do as well when faced with difficult … Continue reading A Promise of Hope – Advent Day 3
Some days, all hope seems to be lost. We look around and see this world for what it really is: a broken mess, full of death, disease, and sadness. Where do we turn?