Tag Archives: Loss

Learning the ways of God

Is your trouble a sense of failure? The knowledge of having made some significant mistake? Go back to God; his restoring grace waits for you. Continue reading

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Seven purposes for pain

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world” (The Problem of Pain, C. S. Lewis). Continue reading

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I will not remember your sins

You are living by the promise of I John 1:9 when you refuse to hold against yourself the sin God does not hold against you. Continue reading

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Memorial to my Dad

I couldn’t believe that I might lose two of the men who had most influenced my life on the same day. My father lasted four days and passed away. Continue reading

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God’s purposes in our trials

Perhaps he means to strengthen us in patience, good humor, compassion, humility, or meekness, by giving us some extra practice in exercising these graces under especially difficult conditions. Perhaps he has new lessons in self-denial and self-distrust to teach us. Perhaps he wishes to break us of complacency, or unreality, or undetected forms of pride and conceit. Continue reading

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Wisdom on suffering

“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:8). Dick Keyes “The Bible does not give us a quick and easy answer to why God allows evil to continue … Continue reading

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A song for those who are suffering

“Why?” “The question that is never far away. But healing doesn’t come from the explained.” What a great truth about the place where ”the hurt and the Healer collide!“ This is the place “where Glory meets my suffering.“ I love so many lines … Continue reading

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