Archive for Pain and suffering

Jan
24

One Too Many Disappointments

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disappointedTo live is to experience disappointment.  Some disappointment is quickly forgotten, like a bump in the road. Others plunge us into despair and hopelessness, paralyzing our hearts with complacency and indifference.

For some, the despair comes from one major disappointment. For others, it comes as a result of a long series of unmet expectations and unfulfilled promises.

When life deals one too many disappointments, the natural response is to protect oneself by building walls around your heart as if to vow, “I’ll never be hurt again.” Such a vow guarantees a life of less thans. Less than joy. Less than passion. Less than fully alive. A life supposedly restricted from the depths of pain is also a life restricted from the depths of love.

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Jun
08

Holding Mom’s Hand

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mom holding little girl's hand 

 

We hold hands a lot now, my mother and I.  Much as a mother would hold the hand of her little girl as they cross a parking lot or walk the hallways on the way to a class, I hold my 86 year old mother’s hand, both to guide her along the hallways of her assisted living facility and to give her the safety of my touch.

The sadness of these moments is intermingled with feelings of tenderness as Mom and I have completely switched roles. Some 53 years ago, she and my dad adopted my twin brother and me and brought us home from the hospital at 3 days of age.

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Feb
19

Living Well When Life Hurts

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 “When I don’t understand, I will choose You. When I don’t understand, I will choose You God. When I don’t understand, I will choose to love you God.”

Bryan and Katie Torwalt’s song, I Breathe You in God, invariably touches the depth of my heart.

How many times have you been in a place where you just didn’t understand where God was in your situation or if He was even there at all? How many times have you groaned with the pain of a seemingly unanswered prayer? When is the last time you felt bewildered, perplexed, and just downright troubled by God’s seeming unresponsiveness to your prayers and His apparent lack of response to your cries for help?

Most of us have been there at one time or another. Some have been there repeatedly.

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Jul
19

Divine Surprises

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It’s a most amazing thing to unexpectedly end up in a place and then discover that it was all part of a divine plan of redemption. A set up. An orchestration of God’s making.

When I left work today, I was just so full of wonder at God’s handiwork in my life.

At one time, my pain seemed so overwhelming that I couldn’t see the possibility of redemption or restoration. And now here I am. Satisfied. Content. Fulfilled.

During a time of great loss, I chose to pursue a new career. Really, a new ministry.

Counseling had so significantly changed my life that I found myself desiring to be involved in that process with others. So I signed up, completed the 60 semester hours and an internship, and began a new business.

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