Joined in God – Streams in the Desert 8/19 As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing 2 Cor. 6:10 Sorrow was beautiful, but her beauty was the beauty of the moonlight shining through the leafy branches of the trees in the wood, and making little pools of silver here and there on the soft green moss below. … Continue reading Joy and Sorrow United
by John Angell James (1785—1859), on the death of his wife, from: "Sorrow for the Death of Friends" ...Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. Job 1:21 When a holy and beloved … Continue reading Though We Mourn, We Must Not Murmur!
On Mother's Day Evening 2013, Jonathan Campbell Hamilton, son of Ron and Shelly Hamilton, was taken to Heaven at the age of thirty-four after a long struggle with mental illness. I have heard Mr. Hamilton sing Rejoice in the Lord countless times over many years but never knew until recently about the loss of his … Continue reading Rejoice in the Lord
When you are sitting there alone and you are weeping, and the longing for your child is a thick and expanding heaviness in your chest threatening to erupt from your throat in silent, choking grief. When the missing him becomes a mountain of sadness that is looming over you and you whisper your child's name … Continue reading Let it Come
Great comfort and strengthening Truth here. Thank you, Mr. Ettinger.
By David Ettinger
I’m a great fan of the classic TV series, “The Twilight Zone.” The TV masterpiece, which ran from 1959 through 1964, was innovative, and still holds up admirably today.
But despite the show’s ingenuity, it blew it in one area, that being its dealing with death. In several episodes, Rod Serling, the show’s creator and foremost writer, presented death as a peaceful, welcoming, and desirable passage from this life to the next.
Sorry to say, but this is nothing but wishful thinking. The Bible is clear that following this life, unbelievers move on to eternal punishment in Hell. Jesus confirms this truth in such passages as Matthew 18:6-9 and Matthew 25:31-46. The apostle Paul also affirms this truth in 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10.
There is nothing good about death. It is bad, and is meant to be bad – particularly for the unbeliever. However, for the…
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When is the time to trust? Is it when all is calm, When waves the victor’s palm, And life is one glad psalm Of joy and praise? Nay! but the time to trust Is when the waves beat high, When storm clouds fill the sky, And prayer is one long cry, O help and save! … Continue reading Degrees of Faith – Streams in the Desert 07/21
I was deep into a collection of short stories written by Anton Chekhov when I turned the page and was confronted with a story entitled Grief. I briefly considered skipping it, but I am so glad I didn't. Mr. Chekhov understands a bereaved parent's compelling need to talk about their loss. Every public domain site I … Continue reading Anton Chekhov | Grief
Contrary to various cultural notions, there is no set time-frame for grieving. None of us "gets over it" in the one year (or less) of mourning that is often allotted to us. Each family, and every member within it, operates within a unique set of circumstances that will influence both the weight and duration of … Continue reading As Time Goes By
Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. John 13:7 God's word teaches that a father's duty is to bring up his children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. A loving father will observe his child carefully and, by God's grace, relentlessly weed … Continue reading God Meant It Unto Good
Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. Psalm 42:8 See the cure of sorrow. When the soul rests on itself, it sinks; if it catches hold on the power and promise of God, the head is kept … Continue reading The Help of His Countenance
More of my favorite #AlaskaPhotosByHans He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: All-Time Favorites
Morning, June 1 Charles Haddon Spurgeon “The evening and the morning were the first day.” Genesis 1:5 Was it so even in the beginning? Did light and darkness divide the realm of time in the first day? Then little wonder is it if I have also changes in my circumstances from the sunshine of prosperity … Continue reading Morning, June 1 – C.H. Spurgeon
The Blessings of Sound Doctrine (Part four of a four-part series) Great peace have they which love thy law... Psalm 119:165 To be optimally prepared for the devastations of life, we must know Him, and we must believe what He has said. We do not have to know much about God to reap the blessings of … Continue reading Strengthened According to His Word: Part Four
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his … Continue reading Photo Challenge: All Time Favorites
Remembering today our fallen military and law enforcement. We will not forget. Because freedom is not free. Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'ns rescued land praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserved us a nation! -Francis Scott Key America, The Beautiful Words by Katharine Lee Bates, Melody by Samuel Ward O beautiful … Continue reading Still There