Four servants of God. Each one reached an extremely low point in life. All of them felt that life was no longer worth living. Continue reading
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Tagged burn out, Despair, Discouraged, feeling lost, helpless, hopeless, loss of perspective, spiritual exhaustion, Suicide
Their pain becomes a temple ‘round itself, and they become devotees of anguish. Continue reading
How adequately can a diagnosis be made in such a short amount of time? And how often do we misdiagnose normal sadness as disordered sadness?
Alex’s story took an unexpected turn when I asked him which parent he chose. He paused and looked down with tear-filled eyes as he admitted,… Continue reading
Why does God allow perseverance in prayer to be part of our experience with Him? Prayer is an appeal to one who can do what I cannot do and what others won’t do. Continue reading
Posted in Christian life, Coming of Christ, Despair, Disciple-making, Discipleship, discouraged, Discouragement, Doubt, feeling hopeless, Following Christ, Hope?, Jesus Christ, New Christian, Prayer, Problem of evil, Spiritual disciplines, Teaching of Jesus, Wisdom
Tagged Does prayer help, giving up on prayer, how to pray, perseverance in prayer, Prayer, why doesn't God answer my prayers?
There was standing room only at the funeral parlor as I faced some rather austere men and women dressed in the old black garb common to conservative Mennonites. Continue reading
Posted in Christian Counselor, Counseling, Depression, Despair, Eternal life, feeling hopeless, Funeral, Hope?, Life of a pastor, Sadness, Suffering, Suicide, Wisdom
Tagged battling depreession, Biological depression, Can those who commit suicide go to heaven?, Suicide funeral