Life hurts sometimes. How can we respond?
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My granddaughter Anna played with her family’s Nativity scene. “Baby Jesus sleeping,” the two-year-old said, pointing to the inch-long plastic figure lying in a wee manger. She picked it up, gave it a shake, dropped it on the coffee table, and turned her attention to another toy. So much for toddler theology. Sadly, some folks… [ read more ]
How can you feel hopeful in the midst of hurt?
There it is. My word for 2012 – joy – has popped up again. This time it appeared in Psalm 30:5 and 11 – “Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning…You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with… [ read more ]
Sometimes God’s methods leave me scratching my head. Take Moses’ story, for example. The Hebrews had been held in slavery in Egypt for hundreds of years. One day, God decided enough was enough. He could have simply said the words, “Let my people go,” and softened Pharaoh’s heart to say, “Sure thing, God.” Instead, He… [ read more ]
This week I’ll visit a childhood friend who’s in hospice after a long and courageous battle with leukemia. She underwent a bone marrow transplant this spring. On day 100, the doctors told her that the transplant won over the leukemia. That was the good news. The bad news was that another form of cancer—this one… [ read more ]
John 14:1 says, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and trust also in me.” Verse 27 says, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” The command is clear—don’t let my… [ read more ]
Marcia Lee Laycock contributes again… ****** It seemed fitting that the sky hung heavy and low. It seemed right that the wind was bitter, howling with the fierce shriek of winter around a tiny country cemetery. There was a very small hole in the ground and a very tiny casket to be put into it…. [ read more ]
Cancer has struck at least a dozen of my friends and family members since last fall. This week it returned with vengeance in yet another friend’s body. When will it end? Every night I pray for these people by name, asking God to grant strength and healing to their bodies and their emotions. I also… [ read more ]
I hate it when I get soppy while speaking to a women’s group. Trouble is, I just can’t help it sometimes. Last evening I spoke to a group of about 30 women. We’d met to videotape session 4 for the DVD series based on Moving From Fear to Freedom. The title was “Facing the Storms… [ read more ]