Category Archives: Sadness

Let me die

Four of God’s servants who wanted to die… Continue reading

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Sin, Sorrow, and Salvation

The indwelling presence of God’s Spirit at salvation brings comfort and joy, but… Continue reading

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Finding our way out of despondency

He became so despondent that he sat down under a tree and prayed to die. ‘I have had enough, Lord,’ he said. ‘Take my life” Continue reading

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Nine things to know about widows

wise words of advice for those who care. Continue reading

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Remedy for a heavy heart

A heavy heart finds comfort and relief when we turn to the worship of praise. We have a great example of this from the disciple whom Jesus loved. Continue reading

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Responding to grief

Deep reflection on grief and grieving. Continue reading

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A screaming room in every hospital

Unbelief doesn’t shout bewilderment at a personal God. It shouts at blind fate. Belief shouts at a faithful and loving Heavenly Father. Continue reading

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Four servants of God who battled fierce despair

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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My first funeral (a suicide)

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

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A song from a hurting heart

They say divorce is like death. The pain is greater when you’ve been forsaken by a spouse. The fears, regrets, guilt, anger, loss and loneliness can cycle through your heart for years. Music is often a means that helps to heal the heart. Continue reading

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