By definition, God is good and God is love. Therefore, everything He does is good. I trust Him on that basis. I do not trust that He will do what I want or that He will spare me pain. I trust HIM because He is wise and He loves me. I do not trust in … Continue reading Who Do You Trust?
Originally published October 15, 2016 In these past nine months since Hans drove to the highway, I have dreamed of him only once. I had this dream shortly after he left us and it was very brief. In my dream, Sunday worship had just concluded and Hans was standing with a group of men outside … Continue reading New Friends
"This heavy sorrow is what I feel. It is not a reflection of what I, as a Christian, believe. I know where our son is and I believe what God has told me about our eternal home. Why then do I sorrow? It is because each crashing wave of grief is my flesh crying out … Continue reading Revised Post: The Facts
"I do not believe in accidents. If I thought the crash was “just an accident”, a freak chance event, I might just lose myself in despair, in the pointlessness of it. It would take an impossible amount of faith for me to believe the crash was an accident. The precision of the timing and logistics … Continue reading Revised Post: Called
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?
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)
...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?
Eight days before Hans died, in Sunday morning worship at church, we sang the hymn “More Love to Thee” by Elizabeth Prentiss. It is a challenge for me to sing this hymn honestly and I always hesitate when beginning verse three which, in our hymnbook, reads: Let sorrow do its work, Send grief and pain; … Continue reading Courageous
It is during the hard seasons of life that one finds out what kind of a god one has. I want to go on record as saying that the God of the Bible, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, is Faithful and True. He is able to give comfort and peace in the midst of … Continue reading Verified
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 At Christmas time each year, Manfred always takes the children off into the woods … Continue reading Christmas Prayer
I can truthfully say, with a hurting, but thankful heart, that the Lord is preserving me through this trial. I stand softened and malleable to his loving hand as He bathes my raw wounds with His love. I experience a heightened sensitivity to his presence in the depths of my pain. I believe I am … Continue reading Precious
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 1 John 5:14-15 Every prayer I have ever uttered … Continue reading Desires of a Mother’s Heart
"… I am quite certain I will see Hans again." Our son, Hans, like all of us, had his faults. He was a sinner, as we all are. Romans 3:23 1 John 1:8 Romans 3:10 However, Hans was saved - he was a Christian - one who has placed his trust in Jesus Christ alone … Continue reading Not Sure