How can it be When silence is deafening In a world of noise Yet loneliness unending. Visible but unseen Present but unknown They say this story being written Must mostly be walked alone. When we’re called to live in community But face trials that seclude What a disorienting Christian dichotomy Carrying a weight that very… Continue reading The Path of Silent Suffering
Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. (Job 1 v 20-22) When loss comes, grief is often not far behind. Though the shock of pain or the adrenalin of the survival instinct may make us appear strong for a time, grief—“the inward desolation that… Continue reading Grief is Not a Sign of Unbelief – Walking Through Loss in Marriage
As we drove away from what felt like the millionth doctor’s appointment for our son, the new prescriptions and prospective treatments felt more like a setup for disappointment than a prospect of future hope. After more than a decade of doctors, evaluations, treatments, diets, and therapies, somehow it always feels like we’re right back where… Continue reading Frozen in Grief: The Pain of Ambiguous Loss
He Will Carry Me Home In moments of grief Heart being shattered He held me close My body and mind battered. * Head in my hands Heart feeling numb Reached the end of myself Where would my help come from? * The mountain looms before me Hands and feet tied An impossible feat Yet he… Continue reading He Will Carry Me Home – A Poem
Yesterday was HARD. We had a difficult family situation that was like a fresh wound being ripped open again and e-learning just about put me in my grave. But I woke up this morning and sat with my Bible open feeling somewhat paralyzed...and looked out the window. I was met with the beauty of yet… Continue reading Faith in Uncertainty and Courage in Chaos
Pain comes with vengeance, no matter what's on the to do list or what plans were on the schedule. Whether it's physical, mental, or emotional, it can consume us, paralyze us, and rob us of all we expected life to be. Even if we have many other blessings, pain can taint reality and tempt us… Continue reading Trust His Grace for Today
ERLC Q&A with Jeff and Sarah Walton BY JEFF WALTON, SARAH WALTON Editor’s Note: This Q&A is not intended to apply to marriages where abuse is present. Will you tell us a little bit about the hardships your marriage has faced? Sure, I’ll (Jeff) do my best to condense the past 15 years. Less than… Continue reading How can marriages thrive in the midst of suffering?
Together Through the Storms CHAPTER 1 Our Hope in Life and Marriage I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and… Continue reading Our Hope In Life and Marriage
It’s so comforting to know that God is working all things for our good, isn’t it? That is, until we realize that his idea of good is often very different than our own. We’ve all experienced this at some point. Perhaps we have prayed for something, only to receive the very opposite of what we’ve… Continue reading How Can This Be For My Good?
Friends - I know many of you are facing the scary reality of job loss, plunging savings, broken plans, sickness, and a lot of unsettling unknowns right now. I just want to offer you an encouragement. We have walked through 12 years of losing more than I ever imagined possible - in finances, jobs, family… Continue reading A Word of Encouragement from One Who’s Suffered Much