Tag Archives: pain

Margaritaville Syndrome

Staying with a thing even when it’s not fun or easy anymore is a useful life skill. So is the humility that lets us know when our pain is our own damn fault. Continue reading

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Of Grief and Pain, Loss and Hope

Some deaths are tragic, some horrific, some a welcome release. Even in the release, there is loss and sorrow. Continue reading

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The Right Formula

Doing a 35-mile bike ride without using a hydration formula proves to be a really bad idea! Like trying to endure life without relying on God’s strength… Continue reading

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A Tender Helplessness

When a loved one dies, it isn’t explanation and purpose that we want; what we really want is to have that person back. So what can we do? Continue reading

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18 Chairs*

A silent memorial, a reminder of the suffering of others, a call to grace, a seeking and sharing for healing. Continue reading

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Of Memory and Monuments

It is not truly honoring those we have lost when we become more focused on our own grief than on those most treasured memories. Continue reading

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Comfort

I have seen close enough
the long aching pain
the death of a child brings a mother. Continue reading

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A Difficult Phrasing

We live in a world of both blessing and cursing. Joy and heartache often tumble in on each other. One grandchild is born, another, yet unborn, dies. Continue reading

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For a Daughter, Five Hundred Miles Away

How I wish that the peace of this night
could somehow soothe your heart
in the midst of this agony of betrayal and loss; Continue reading

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A Modest Suffering

Friend of mine from many years ago used to get these migraines that would tie up the verbal center of his brain so much that he couldn’t talk. They didn’t make him mute, completely, just hid the words so that … Continue reading

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