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Posts Tagged: grief

A Key to Working Through Grief

  Two weeks ago, I blogged about sitting at my mother’s bedside. The doctor suspected that her remaining time on earth would soon end, and he was right. Mom took her last breath on earth and then moved to heaven on Friday, October 9th. I had the privilege of praying for her and worshiping Jesus… [ read more ]

There’s Light at the End of the Tunnel

  We’ve all heard the term “the light at the end of the tunnel.” We say it when going through a dark time in life. Circumstances may be extremely difficult but we see rays of hope ahead, and that hope keeps us going.   Jesus’s followers in the first century wouldn’t have used this term… [ read more ]

When Life Takes an Unexpected Turn

      The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. (NIV)     Last Friday I texted a friend with a question. She answered it, but then she added, “Did you see the post about Jennifer?”  … [ read more ]

Heaven is Our Hope

When the phone rings during the night or too early in the morning, chances are good that the caller bears sad news. Such was the case yesterday morning.   The caller was my mom, and she told me that Aunt Louise—one of my dad’s younger sisters and the woman whose name my parents adopted as… [ read more ]

Christmas and Connecticut

A community in Connecticut, nay, the world, wrestles with unimaginable grief and shock. The scope of what happened a few days ago cannot be comprehended. The emotional pain of those who lost their loved ones cannot be fathomed. And the trauma of those who survived, and of those who study the scene for clues cannot… [ read more ]

From Mourning to Joy

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 ]

Newsborn's Body Recovered at Dump — Part 1/2

The Province’s headline dated Tuesday, February 9 grips me and demands a response. The story tells of a 20-year-old unmarried woman who delivered a full-term baby boy in her boyfriend’s bathroom as he slept on the couch. When the boyfriend woke, she told him that she’d miscarried. They wrapped the baby’s body in a towel,… [ read more ]

A Promise Kept

 It was Sunday, July 26 – the third morning of the evangelistic family camp at which Gene and I were ministering in Poland. We’d been awake for a half hour when our cell phone rang. The caller was our son back in Canada, and the news he delivered was sad: Gene’s 90-year-old father had suffered… [ read more ]

Journal Entry for Thursday, March 26

I feel like I ate all day. Maybe that’s because I did. It all began with breakfast with an IM couple – Jeff and Andrea O’Connell. Until then, I didn’t realize that finding a restaurant open at 9 a.m. was unusual. Neither did I realize that finding a restaurant with a breakfast menu was also… [ read more ]