Category Archives: Grief and Faith

“You give and take away.”

We were worshiping God. Christians were singing. Some were clapping hands with the rhythm. I do not remember being struck by the words before, yet this morning the words of the song struck my heart. “You give and take away. … Continue reading

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A CHRISTMAS PRAYER–Lessons from Sully

A baby in the manger. The Son of God come in the flesh. We ponder the wonder. We seek to understand his impact on our lives. A baby born with leukemia. My grandson Sully. We ponder the wonder of his … Continue reading

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The Struggle for Joy in Our Hearts

Christmas is one of the most joyous times of the year. Yet Christmas brings a mixture of emotions. For Christmas evokes memories. Memories are a mixed bag of joy and sorrow. The joy can be tempered, if not overwhelmed, by … Continue reading

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Among The Tales of Sorrow

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Our grandson Sully died at age fifteen months after a thirteen month battle against leukemia. Sully is on my heart and mind daily. Like Sully the children I see weekly at St. Jude Children’s … Continue reading

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“Keep Loving Jesus”–Celebrating My Mother’s Life

I spoke at my mother’s funeral on June 4. A cousin, who was not able to be with us, requested I send her a copy of my message. I decided to do so by posting the message below. Reading it … Continue reading

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Never Question God–Psalm 64

“Here me, O God, as I voice my complaint.” “Never question God,” people warn. “Faith doesn’t ask ‘Why?’ Faith accepts,” we are told. Some Christians shudder when I share those times in my life when I have shaken my fist at … Continue reading

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Immanuel–God with Us (Part 4)

“‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’—which means, ‘God with us’” (Matthew 1:23). The biblical texts are abundant testifying to God’s initiative and to the willingness of Christ. … Continue reading

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“God is not dead; nor doth He sleep.” (Revision of an earlier post.)

San Bernardino, Paris, Umpqua Community College, terrorism, hatred, fear. Personal loss and pain, whatever it is you have experienced or are experiencing. Cancer, pediatric cancers, Alzheimers, other debilitating and life threatening diseases, debilitating and life threatening injuries. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow … Continue reading

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Psalm 116:15, The death of His faithful is precious to God?

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” People turn to this verse and ministers quote it at funerals for comfort of the grieving. How is the death of God’s faithful precious in His sight? … Continue reading

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Angry with God, Forgiving God

(August 2, 2015, this Sunday, will mark seven years since our grandson Sully, fifteen months old, died. For thirteen months he battled leukemia. His illness, his suffering, his death, challenged my faith as it had never been challenged. I first … Continue reading

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