When useless needless things happen

Since Jon has been discussing difficult life events in his new book, This Is Hard: What I Say When Loved Ones Die, I thought I’d share about a hard thing that happened – very minor compared to losing a loved one but still challenging to deal with. One of our sons is staying with us […]

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He still cares. (still).

Paul Merrill writes here the first Friday of each month. However, at the moment, he’s in the middle of a daughter getting married, two sons graduating with master’s degrees, and a son-in-law-to-be graduating from college. So I offered to run one of his past posts. This one was first published July 2020. It’s good to […]

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A few ways to think about the war

Jon sometimes writes about suffering, since it’s part of his day job – often helping people face the loss of health or even life at a hospital. Here are a few thoughts about a different kind of suffering – the kind of suffering that comes from dealing with the loss of family members and any […]

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The reluctant voice

“Hold it, Master God! Look at me. I don’t know anything. I’m only a boy!” (Jeremiah 1:6) “I am not made for perilous quests,” cried Frodo. (The Fellowship of the Ring) ‘But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though […]

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