Need Some Good News?

This summer has had some really special moments but it has also been filled with bad news. We had cars break down and one them bit the dust forever! Our children are growing into adults and with that comes tears over relationships and break-ups. We received news about the death of young man in the prime of his life this summer. At the funeral I felt the deep anguish of a family in shock and grief. Sometimes this summer the bad news for me has just been the continual struggle with sin – my sin, the battles my loved ones fight, and the general effects of sin on the planet. …

Hope in Unwanted Circumstances

The movie Soul Surfer is about teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who was attacked by a shark and lost her arm. In one scene of the movie, Bethany is attending a church youth meeting where the youth leader shows the group a couple of magnified images and asks them to guess what each object is. They come up with some funny answers. After showing each magnified image, the youth leader shows a photo that reveals the full object. The point she makes is that it can be hard to make sense of things when you’re looking at them really closely; the same thing, she says, is true in life. Sometimes we …

Recalculating

Two important people in my life struggle with anger. Both love God passionately and care about their families. Both have offered apologies and expressed regret repeatedly for outbursts they wish they could take back. I believe this has contributed to my lack of enthusiasm about apologies. I reached the point when I didn’t want another apology; I simply wanted the outbursts to stop. I wanted to feel peaceful instead of anxious, anticipating when their anger might erupt again. Both of these people have come a long way in their battle with anger, but I cannot say the scar of empty words hasn’t stayed with me.  Words are important. According to …