Tag: grief

Psalm 13 – How Long, Lord?

 February 27, 2024

Many of us have reason to cry out with the writer of Psalm 13-how long, Lord? How long do we have to wait? Must we suffer forever? How much longer until our trials are over? The writer of Psalm 13 wrestled with these questions. Psalm 13 The author asks four times in Psalm 13 – […]

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The Many Faces of Alzheimer’s

 February 26, 2024

Chances are you are familiar with the stereotypical faces of Alzheimer’s – empty gaze, lack of recognition of friends and family, incontinence. But there are so many more faces of Alzheimer’s, each as unique as the person behind the face. Personal Experience with Alzheimer’s In my twelve years as chaplain at a retirement community, I […]

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The Gift of Grief at Christmas

 December 15, 2021

This post on the gift of grief was first published five years ago after the death of my stepfather. It remains relevant, especially in light of the deaths our world has experienced from COVID 19. If you are one of the many people missing a loved one this holiday season, I hope this post helps […]

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What Is Godly Sorrow?

 May 4, 2021

We all experience sorrow and suffering in life. Many are suffering now because of losses brought on by COVID19—losses of loved ones, livelihood, way of life. Paul, in Second Corinthians 7:10-13, speaks of worldly sorrow and Godly sorrow. But what makes one sorrow Godly and the other worldly? How do you tell them apart? What […]

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Psalm 80: Eating the Bread of Tears

 July 9, 2019

Our psalm for last week of bargaining with God, gives way to depression this week with Psalm 80, the fourth stage of Kubler-Ross’ stages of dying. The Israelites are so sad that their daily bread is made up of tears, as well as their drinking water. “You have fed them with the bread of tears, […]

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Psalm 30: Joy Comes with the Morning

 July 10, 2018

Joy comes with the morning. This passage gave me comfort years ago when my position as chaplain was abruptly eliminated. One minute I was planning out the next month’s sermons, an hour later I was sitting in my car with twelve years of my life packed into the trunk and back seat. I had started […]

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Barbara Bush – A Tribute

 April 20, 2018

I didn’t know a lot about Barbara Bush outside of being the wife of former president George H.W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush. I have this recollection of this grandmotherly figure wearing pearls in the white house. I appreciated her work in promoting literacy. But, perhaps her greatest role was one […]

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Roller Coaster Ride

 May 1, 2017

Easter – Season of New Life Highs and lows, speed up, slow down, sharp turns, throw-up. I’m not a fan of roller coaster rides. I’ve only been on a small one and that was enough. I don’t like being jerked around, spun up and down, high and low. It’s too much like life! I have […]

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Walking with Families through Grief – Available in Print format

 April 12, 2017

We grieve because we have loved. It is a gift, one we don’t want, yet a gift nonetheless. Think of the alternative – to go through life without allowing ourselves to love others because of the pain involved when we lose them. Not an alternative many chose. My book, Walking with Families through Grief, helps you unwrap […]

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