You are hanging from a rope over a yawning chasm. Your climbing partner has just plunged into the abyss right before your eyes and has met with a terrifying, horrible death. And there you are, alone and afraid, twisting in the wind at the end of your rope, stunned at the loss of your friend. … Continue reading Trust God?! Why Should I?
A common question that comes up among bereaved parents has to do with prayer. Specifically, the parent wants to know why, after begging God for the life of her child, the child died anyway. Or perhaps the child himself prayed to get well or a whole prayer chain of people prayed and still the child … Continue reading Why Didn’t God Answer My Prayer?
Hans took this picture while standing pretty much at the edge of a cliff overlooking Cook Inlet. That's his shadow in the lower right corner. He made a point of showing me this picture (smiling), knowing I would experience significant after-the-fact-terror. Despite the photo, faith is not a leap off a cliff. It is a … Continue reading What is This Thing Called Faith?
Most of the animals we keep were acquired when our children were young. Our oldest animal, a goat (The Old Lady), died at the ripe old age of eleven just a few months after Hans left us. She was one of our original breeding stock and was a sensible and reliable animal. But one day … Continue reading Empty Stalls, Empty Beds
Anger. We have all experienced it. For some it is a burning, churning, table-pounding rage. For others, it is more of a low-grade infection that burrows deep into the heart. It simmers on the back burner of the mind giving off an unpleasant aroma, occasionally boiling over and making an unsightly mess. For a variety … Continue reading Angry At God
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Romans 12:15 One of the things that ministered to me the most after Hans left us, was the genuine sorrow people shared with us. It is a sweet joy when folks are brave enough to let me know Hans mattered to them, too. … Continue reading Letter To A Friend
You are going through something terrible - your worst nightmare has come true. Suppose, in the midst of it, God were to ask you: “Can you thank me for trusting you with this experience, even if I never tell you why?” How would you respond? Listen to Dr. Helen Roseveare (1925-2016) as she shares the … Continue reading Why Does God Allow Suffering? – Interview with Helen Roseveare (video)
O death! why dost thou touch the tree beneath whose spreading branches weariness hath rest? Why dost thou snatch away the excellent of the earth, in whom is all our delight? If thou must use thine axe, use it upon the trees which yield no fruit; thou mightest be thanked then. But why wilt thou … Continue reading This Evening’s Meditation – C. H. Spurgeon
It would easy to spend all my time preoccupied with the past. The way it was. Looking at – no examining - old photographs. Studying, not just the image of our son, but the background, too. Everyday scenery that has not changed but is so totally different now. Trying to find the what-ifs casually arranged … Continue reading Looking Forward
...this thing is from me. 1 Kings 12:24 Did God Take Our Son, or Was it an Accident? We say things like this all the time: • Hans was killed in a car crash, an MVA, a Motor Vehicle Accident. • She broke her leg skiing. What an unfortunate accident. • I dropped the pie … Continue reading Accident or Appointment?