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Grief

My dad died Thanksgiving morning nearly a decade ago. Even after years of sexual and emotional abuse, finding an old family photo made me long for what that little girl had – if only for a moment. That’s the daddy I miss. […] Read More

No matter who you are or how you defined your relationship with the one in your life who died, sorting through the belongings of a departed loved one doesn’t have to be a tedious task. It can be a spiritual journey. […] Read More

Churches need to be structured and conditioned in such a way to respond with grace, compassion and love to those who are struggling with mental health issues. We must end the stigmas attached to the needs of mental health. […] Read More

How do we reconcile the hope of the resurrection with the reminder of death surrounding us? It’s one of the most difficult aspects of leading and guiding God’s people. Yet, Eastertide reminds us death can be overcome. […] Read More

We had to say goodbye to our family dog, Shadow, a part of our family for 11 years. Our best little buddy taught me some “doggone theology” during his life. Here are 6 lessons. […] Read More

Grief is a steady companion for ministers. A healthy church will recognize that dealing with grief is essential if your ministers are to help you navigate the difficult waters of grief and loss. […] Read More

I had a conversation recently with a mother in my congregation and her twin 6-year-old sons regarding the death of one of their classmates. A first-grade boy in a school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, died during his sleep in the night. He had gone to bed with nothing more than a sore throat, something as […] Read More

Grieving is part of the cost of loving and takes time. It is generally reckoned that the grieving process can take anywhere between two to five years, and in some cases even longer. Clearly, the latter part of the grieving process will not be as acute as the first few months. But thank God, time […] Read More

I got off the plane in Tokyo looking for a quiet place. I had been in the air for seven hours, and I knew that the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians had played the seventh game of the World Series during my flight. I did not know if this was going to be good news […] Read More

The Christmas season is an important time to remember and practice Paul’s exhortation in Romans 12:15. “Sleigh bells ringing.” Christmas lights flashing, choirs singing, shoppers shopping. Gift wrapping, mistletoe, holiday parties and special gatherings all signal “it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but for many, it is not. For some reason, it seems […] Read More