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suffering with hope and courage, not bitterness and despair

“Christianity does not provide the reason for each experience of pain, but it does provide deep resources for actually facing suffering with hope and courage rather than bitterness and despair.” (Tim Keller) Remember His words to you, dear Christian. Words … Continue reading

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Fear not the open wound

Closure: noun clo·sure \ˈklō-zhər\ a feeling that a problem has been solved a feeling that a bad experience has ended and that you can start to live again in a calm and normal way. Moving on. Leaving the pain behind. Getting … Continue reading

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the promise is not vain

O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to thee; I trace the rainbow through the rain, and feel the promise is not vain, that morn shall tearless be. We don’t often use the word vain in … Continue reading

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Chronic pain and dangerous words

I’ve been thinking about friends who suffer from chronic pain and the harmful half-truths they often hear from well-meaning, but unbiblical teaching — teaching that’s just-enough-off to be ruinous. Teaching that’s anathema to God and heaps pain on those already … Continue reading

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what you would have asked for

Pithy, precise, profound — those are the kinds of quotes God often uses to quicken and soften our hearts. A wise, couple-sentence summation of God’s truth often stills my anxious heart, or alerts me to lies I’m believing in the … Continue reading

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Don’t waste your pain

In those early days, when our family was still reeling from our entry into the unknown world of childhood cancer (you can read more about those days here), my recurring prayer was that God would not allow us to dishonor … Continue reading

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kiss the wave

I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages. In his inimitable way, Spurgeon speaks life-fortifying truth. Truth we need to have settled into the deepest recesses of our being — truth for days … Continue reading

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Worth a thousand words

I’ve not been able to get this picture out of my mind. You may have seen it. The man on the left is the pope. The man on the right suffers from a disease that causes tumors to grow inside … Continue reading

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A thorn to pin aside the veil

Living before medicine would have cured or medicated her symptoms, Martha Snell Nicholson was bed-ridden with intense pain for decades. In the midst of her pain, and because of it, she wrote one of the more meaningful poems I’ve read … Continue reading

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