The Sanitizing of Grief

Misunderstandings and misinformation regarding grief and the so-called “stages of grief” are a major contributor to the isolation and loneliness that often accompany bereavement. Thank you, Karen Harmening, for clearing things up in this gracious, well-written and informative post.

Listening to Him

“He will swallow up death for all time, And the Lord GOD will wipe tears away from all faces, And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; For the LORD has spoken.  And it will be said in that day, “Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”  Isaiah 25:8-9 [NASB]

I’m not working through the stages of grief.  To be frank, I have grown to resent the phrase “the stages of grief” rather deeply.  Let me say it again, I am not working through the stages of grief.   I am missing my child.  I am learning to live life moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day, week by week and now month by month in the…

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It Must Be Bought – Streams in the Desert: November 3

“They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.” Isa. 40:9 “Great truths are dearly bought, the common truths, Such as men give and take from day to day, Come in the common walk of easy life, Blown by the careless wind across our way. “Great truths are greatly … Continue reading It Must Be Bought – Streams in the Desert: November 3


Yes. Just exactly this. Thank you, Kathleen.


A few years ago, I almost lost my husband to a serious staph infection.  We went through four years of more surgeries and Ron using crutches and a cane to walk before he was able to walk or jog normally again.

My oldest son spent two tours in Afghanistan with the US Marine Corps.  One of those was the well-known “Dark Horse Unit” often mentioned on Facebook because of the high number of casualties they had in such a short time.

We almost lost one of our children to an illness in the last year.

I was fearful for weeks at a time that I would actually lose one of children or my husband. It did not show to the world, but I was afraid.

Over the past year, I finally came to believe that God is in control;  that all the days of our lives are written in His book…

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It’s About the Destination, Not the Journey

This is what gets me up in the morning. Great post, Brandon.

Brandon J. Adams

journeyIt’s one of those little fluffy kerfluffles of human philosophy, one that at least has the honesty to face the reality of we’re not home yet and try to make peace with it.

“Maybe it’s about the journey, not the destination”.

I say bogus.

I say the Christian life is about the destination.

(WARNING: Scripture ahead. I know some of you experience an instinct to kinda “check out” and skip Scripture because it’s too dense, too preposition-heavy, too hard to understand, it’s something you just plain don’t like, etc. DON’T. If you’ve honored me by clicking on this post, I urge you to fight that instinct. Read through the Scriptures. There are treasures waiting.)

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