Tag Archives: Perseverance and 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

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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

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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

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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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Sharing in the sufferings of Christ

“So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good” (1 Peter 4:19). This fall my wife and I have especially found joy in the beauty and wonder of … Continue reading

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There Is Nothing in Life of which We Need Ever Be Afraid. Part Three

There is a twelve year old young man of faith whose story I have been following.  Since age nine Mark (not his real name) has been battling a fierce and horrifying giant, a cancer called neuroblastoma.  His suffering has been, … Continue reading

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