Suffering with hope

Learning Contentment in Unwanted Places

The walls felt like they were closing in around me. The air in the room grew heavy, and each breath I took stole every last ounce of my energy. With puffy eyes, a weary body, and an aching heart, I was desperate for an escape. Escape from a broken world, escape from a broken body,… Continue reading Learning Contentment in Unwanted Places

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Comfort In The Dark

Some days my daughter's eyes visibly widen and her brow furrows as she searches my face to learn the answer to her pressing question. I can feel it coming before the words leave her mouth: “Are you ok mum?” she quizzes me, her face just centimetres from my own. “Do you need to go to… Continue reading Comfort In The Dark

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“Where Are You, Lord?”

"Where are you, Lord When the darkness swallows When your silence deafens In a multitude of sorrows? ______ Where is your comfort When pain abounds When companions flee And loneliness resounds? ______ Where is your justice When the innocent are hunted When the wicked prosper And their evil is flaunted? ______ Where is your compassion… Continue reading “Where Are You, Lord?”

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An Anchor Unshifting

Unchanging. Does such a thing exist? We toy with permanence: lifetime warranties, permanent markers, unbreakable records, “forever” homes. But deep down we know – there is no guarantee these things will hold their claim. We long for it though, don’t we? Something fixed. Something sure. A vacation spot you can always return to. A restaurant… Continue reading An Anchor Unshifting

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Wisdom in the Garden

“I don’t understand, Lord…” I must have prayed this prayer five hundred times, as I processed a dreadfully painful situation a while back. It all started with a meeting at Starbucks. I walked in with a sunny expression and hopeful expectation. I walked out trying to mask the hurt, then spent the next months beneath… Continue reading Wisdom in the Garden

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Rest Your Head on God’s Sovereignty

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.Genesis 50:20 There is a mysterious hiding place, a cave of sorts that only Christ’s followers know where to find. It is a space visible only on… Continue reading Rest Your Head on God’s Sovereignty

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A Love Like No Other

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us… Continue reading A Love Like No Other

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Resting in the Power of God

The kitchen table is strewn with stray cornflakes, dribbles of milk and precariously positioned cups. Small hands hold firmly to spoons and bowls, and there’s a constant flow of chatter in between cereal being shovelled into mouths that are attempting to multitask eating and talking.  The debate is about power, and which superhero would win… Continue reading Resting in the Power of God

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The Compassion of God

We’re used to the question ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ (Subtext: Go thou and do likewise.) So here’s a different one—'How Would Jesus Feel?’ It’s a question I’d not really pondered much till a year or so ago, till I felt led to do six short talks at The Good Book Company staff prayer meetings under… Continue reading The Compassion of God

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The Lord is My Helper

A decade ago, I remember walking out of another doctor’s appointment, discouraged. They offered no help. No answers. No direction. I had been experiencing some new pain with my post-polio syndrome and wanted to find an orthopedic physician to help me. So I asked around to find trustworthy orthopedists and made appointments, carrying my x-rays… Continue reading The Lord is My Helper