When Will it All Be Over?

The images of the Syrian refugees overwhelm my sense of compassion—I’m overloaded because I see so much pain, so much need, and I know there is so little that I can do. The report of another suicide bombing, body wreckage strewn everywhere, and the insanity of it all fills the computer screen—and I’m at a loss. What can be done? Tears are streaming down my face and I’m struggling to see...

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The Watchers in the Room

The Watchers in the Room

I watch him as he slowly guides the walker, feet shuffling behind–or is the walker guiding him? He moves so slowly it is hard to tell, they seem joined as one. His head is bowed without a trace of smile or joy. A face that once held youth, but now bears only wrinkles and pain. What occupies his thoughts, his heart? His carriage bears defeat, as he makes his way toward the glass-encased...

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If I Should Die Before I Wake . . .

I pray the Lord my soul to take . . . Isn’t that how the little child’s prayer goes? As death has once again brushed close and I pray for my friend in the loss of her mother, I’ve been thinking about what I want you to know . . . if I should die before I wake. If I should die before I wake . . . Know that my disposition is one of eternal gratitude. There is no place I’d rather be than in...

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Living for the Future Glory

What are you groaning under today? What is loading you down? What deep pain or fearful anxiety is robbing you of joy? Within the book of Romans, we find the supreme text for carrying the believer through painful seasons and the harsh realities of living in a fallen world. We’re challenged to consider and compare while we walk through suffering: “For I consider that the sufferings of...

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When Your World Changes Forever

When Your World Changes Forever

Patrick took his last breath at thirty-years-old. He didn’t plan to enter his “glorious beginning” that soon. But God’s goodness extends beyond what we understand. The mystery of His goodness includes the eternal perspective that looks to the unseen with joy. True love doesn’t hang on to our loved ones, but true love yearns for God’s best for them, and that best includes their move to...

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