• Death Isn’t God’s Way

    Her racking sobs reminded me of the pain I felt when I knew my father would never recover. She, her mom, and siblings, are facing some tough decisions as they watch her elderly father struggling to breathe, tied to life by a ventilator, maintaining nourishment through feeding tubes and saline solutions, drugged through a constant drip of the IV. Death seems to be stalking him, but we are praying for mercy and I’m asking God to prepare the family for what He has for them. Why is death so hard? We know it is coming. It’s the common reality for us all. But when it invades our ranks, death always shocks us.…

  • Stepping Into the Glorious Beginning

    My phone was on silent when he was rushed to the hospital. We were hundreds of miles away at the True Woman conference in Fort Worth when the nurse left her urgent message on my voice mail. She couldn’t reach me because my husband and I were on the platform praying over the group of women who responded to our marriage video. I didn’t have a clue that my father was struggling for his life at that very hour. Prayers and tears filled the long trip home, miles passing too slowly. I ached thinking of him lying there, confused and fearful. He battled lymphoma for ten years and when it finally took…

  • The Story of Loss and Death

    My friend’s normally bubbly email, laced with smiley faces and lots of cheery expressions, was different today. Today her email was filled with grief. Her email told the story of loss and death. Her loved one, a mere child really, at nineteen, was gone. Overdosed. Gone. No time to prepare, no time for good-byes. Gone. So painful. Such loss. Death was not part of God’s original plan for us . . . although He knew it would come. (He warned Adam that death always follows disobedience.) But death is NOT God’s heart, not His characteristic. He is the Life-giver. And although death is the penalty for sin . . . thankfully, God…