Category Archives: Hope

Out of the Depths of My Suffering

Recently I was reminded how the musical arrangement of a hymn can influence the interpretation of the story and of the message of the hymn. The words of the old hymn “My Jesus, I Love Thee” were probably written in … Continue reading

Posted in Cross of Christ, Devotion, Discipleship, Faith, Grief and Faith, Hope, Jesus Christ, Life in Christ, Suffering and Faith | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sully’s Birthday and Trusting God, Part Two

It began with Sully’s mom, our daughter, experiencing the faith of the mother of a child taken all too soon by leukemia. It continued with seeing, hearing, and reading the faith of other mothers of children with pediatric cancers. Their … Continue reading

Posted in Childhood Cancer, Faith, God, Grief and Faith, Hope, Love of God, Prayer, Sovereignty of God, Suffering and Faith | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sully’s Birthday and Trusting God, Part One

Our grandson Sully’s tenth birthday was this past Monday. The ninth birthday we celebrated and remembered his life without his physical presence. So much love for Sully, his parents, and his siblings was poured out this year. Many donated toys … Continue reading

Posted in Childhood Cancer, Faith, God, Good and Evil, Grief and Faith, Hope, Prayer, Sovereignty of God, Suffering and Faith | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Man of Sorrows

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds … Continue reading

Posted in Cross of Christ, Easter, Faith, Forgiveness, God, Hope, Jesus Christ, Life in Christ, Love of God, Salvation | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Savior Wrestles Lone with Fears

Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him….He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, … Continue reading

Posted in Cross of Christ, Easter, God, Grief and Faith, Hope, Suffering and Faith | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“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

Posted in Faith, God, Grief and Faith, Hope, Sovereignty of God, Suffering and Faith | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Faith Struggling with God–Psalm 44

“All this happened to us, though we had not forgotten you or been false to your covenant.” This psalm is one of those texts that gives pause. The psalmist is asking why. His nation has known victories over its enemies. … Continue reading

Posted in Faith, God, Hope, Love of God, Psalms, Suffering and Faith | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment