Category Archives: Grief

Healing beyond the loss of a loved one

Words for Lament

I found this poem a few weeks after my husband died, and it was an incredible comfort to me to read a gut wrenching honest lament.  It is not so spiritual, though there is faith.  It is not strong, because … Continue reading

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The Yield of the Seed

Yesterday my daughter and I planted our garden.  It is an exciting day!  Tiny tomato and lettuce seeds are carefully marked and given extra topsoil.  We start with the very best organic seeds, soil, and starter  plants, because the seed … Continue reading

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Scorched Earth

And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.  Isaiah 58:11 ESV When my children … Continue reading

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The Day of Distress

Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress…My heart is struck down…I forget to eat…like a desert owl in the wilderness…like a lonely sparrow on the housetop…I wither away.   Psalm 102 The holidays are here, … Continue reading

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Drawing On Reserves

We have a foreign exchange student living with us from northwestern Kenya, and this week she experienced a tragic accident that turned our world upside down.  My memories returned as I spent my days and nights sitting in an intensive … Continue reading

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Death: Probability or Providence?

 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them … Continue reading

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The Promise of Long Life

With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.  Psalm  91:16 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?  Ecclesiastes 7:17 Yesterday I visited with a close friend whose … Continue reading

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Jet Lag

I returned late last night from a trip to Washington D.C. where I spent three full days talking to people about my new book which will be in print in about three weeks.  It is an exciting time as I … Continue reading

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Losing the Parent You Never Knew

According to the dubious world of statistics, half the kids in America will reach the age of eighteen without both parents living in the household.  It is one of the greatest obstacles one will face in knowing and understanding the … Continue reading

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Restoring Honor

I have done some stupid things in my lifetime for which I am rightfully ashamed.  Shame is an emotion we tend to rationalize rather than a painful presence that leads us to repentance.  I have heard in Christian song and … Continue reading

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