Living Well In the Wake of Loss

Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about loss and grief. I’ve also spent a lot of time in the Psalms. What follows are some of the salient points from my personal journey as I attempt to live well in the wake of loss: Express it. When one of his friends died, Jesus wept. As …

Four gains after a loss

Loss is inevitable. At some point, situation and circumstance will spin beyond control and take something important. It may be a treasured thing, relationship, or opportunity. Either way, loss isn’t fun. The amount of pain we experience is determined by

undiscovered opportunities

“… it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you…” (Galatians 4:13) Scripture tells us that Paul’s illness was a trial for the Galatians. He praised them for not treating him with contempt or scorn–implying that their response was uncommon, unique, mature. If it was a trial for them, imagine how difficult it must have …

When God is distant

The Lord is near. (Philippians 4:5) We forget and ignore God for many reasons, this passage illuminates us with at least three: Anxiousness Lack of prayer Lack of thankfulness Proximity is power. In the dark, a light close by allows us to see. In times of grief, the presence of a close friend gives comfort. In seasons of confusion, access …

Three Benefits of Temptation

“..temptations are often very beneficial to us, even though they are troublesome and grievous, for in them we are humbled, purified, and instructed.” Thomas à Kempis. “Imitation Of Christ.” HUMBLED — Temptations move us to greater dependence on God because we cannot stand up under them without divine power. Worldly successes can lead to a stronger sense of self-sufficiency (believing …

another tale of a hurting youth worker

I recently met with a hurting youth worker. While the situation was a little unusual, the result was common: conflict. After reflecting on our conversation, I articulated the following lessons in my journal so I don’t forget them the next I need to restore a relationship.