• 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.…

  • No More Memorial Days

    You may be at a picnic today or celebrating a Monday holiday at the lake with friends, but do you know why we have a day off today? Memorial Day is a day our nation has set aside to honor those who’ve given their lives in military service for our country. I lost an uncle I never met, only heard of, but for so many, this day is a fresh reminder of a deep wound. Today, widows are grieving a love who’ll never return. Children are missing a dad who will never hold them again. Friends are remembering happier times before they said good-bye for the last time. I long for the…

  • The Glorious Nature of the Unexpected

    The monitor’s screen was filled with heart waves in green. Blood pressure and oxygen saturation numbers, and a few other mysterious lines and symbols flashed on and off while I sat at my friend’s bedside. She wasn’t planning for this event. She was heading home after visiting family and friends more than nine-hundred miles away. She was only twenty minutes into her drive when the heavy pressure in her chest became intense enough for her to call to let me know what was happening. I stayed on the phone with her until she could follow the GPS directions to the closest hospital. Thankfully, it led her to a good one. The hospital…