There is Hope

They call it “COVID Fatigue.” The diagnosis looks something like this: COVID Fatigue may or may not result directly from a diagnosis of COVID-19, but is likely much more widespread than the virus itself.  COVID Fatigue occurs when a person reaches a breaking point with the persistently fluctuating flood of life changes because of the pandemic. …

God Gives and Takes Away

Back in February, our church did a Lent sermon series on the book of Job.  It seems like a lifetime ago, but it was only a few months back.  My recent vacation with my family reminded me of the theme verse of that series, Job 1:21. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away.Blessed be…

What We’re Feeling is Actually Grief

Usually when we think of grief, we think of what happens to us after a loved one has died.  First, we experience the shock and denial of learning of the death.  Then we become disoriented, anxious and even angry at the new reality of life without this person.  We sink into dark places, where even…

Keeping Your Head Up In Suffering

This Lent, my congregation will focus our Wednesdays on the topic of suffering as it is presented in the book of Job.  I don’t need to convince you that suffering is a regular and unavoidable part of life.  When we suffer or when we witness suffering, questions naturally arise.  What is the cause of suffering? …