Carol’s own personal pain (see previous blog, Do You See Any Hope in the Church?) generated a penetrating question that required more than a trite response: Bev, do you ever see the church becoming a place where people understand pain like this and express care to people in my situation? Frankly, I rarely go to…Continue reading I Rarely Go to Church Anymore…
I sat across the lunch table with a former key staff member of a well-known Christian ministry. We briefly exchanged stories and then Carol (not her real name) said, Bev, tell me the truth. Do you see any hope in the church? Hope? I asked. Carol continued. After my husband, a committed church leader, walked…Continue reading Do You See Any Hope in the Church?
Tears filled our eyes. The loss of a child. How does a loving parent ever recover? Our dear, dear friends were walking this painful path of life. Clearly the props of life were knocked out from under them. We arrived at their home on what would have been Kelly’s 41st birthday. They embraced us with…Continue reading Invest Grieving Energies?
This quote grabbed my attention as the news broadcasts seem to continually bring word of major catastrophes, deaths, wars, and economic losses—amidst the US Presidential Inauguration. God allows the props to be knocked out from beneath our feet in order that we might rest our weight fully upon Him. And this is true for nations…Continue reading The Props Knocked Out
Yesterday I left my hairdresser with a feeling of cloudiness surrounding me—more than the cold grey skies outside. I realized our entire conversation was about the tragedies in our world. Her final statement, “I think the next generation is without hope,” stuck like glue in my thoughts. If you want to get a take on…Continue reading Our World is Shaking