Tag Archives: loss

And The Skies Were Silent

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If a person experiences some of the worst that life has to offer, and God is silent, how can they be expected to believe? It’s easy for those of us who have had relatively easy lives to believe, but much of the world lives in silent agony. Read more…

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Happy Birthday Mom!

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Today would have been my mom’s 71st birthday. I love how God designed the genetic traits to keep our parents alive in us and in our children. Until I see her again, I am thankful that mom lives on in me (and my children). I just hope none of us ends up with 52 bras like she did…

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See You Soon, Papa

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While some of the world is now celebrating the annual Festival of Lights (Hanukah), many of the rest of us are grieving the loss of a great light in our lives and in our world. On December 4, 2010, a bright light and love faded from this earth when M.A. Thomas—Papa—died in his native India homeland. For those of you who know me, you know about Papa. For those of you who don’t, Papa was an adoptive father to more than 15,000 orphaned and abandoned children in India since beginning his work with orphans in the 70s. Read this tribute and please consider how you might help to continue his legacy this Christmas season…

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Cheers to Disappointing Holidays

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For a few years in the not too distant past, holiday seasons (and holidays in general) left me feeling sad, lonely, and disappointed. First there was the divorce where I had to share the kids. When all your dreams for your family are shattered, especially through a high conflict divorce, sharing your kids over the holidays is very difficult. But then it went downhill from there…

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I Did Not Kill My Grandmother

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Last Sunday, as I sat by my grandmother’s bedside only an hour before she died, it was difficult watching her labored gasps and listening to her moans as she went through the death process. Not knowing how long this “birthing canal” would last, the mercy instinct arose in my heart, wishing I could “help” along the process and put her out of her misery. As you can imagine, this led to quite a conversation in my head…

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My One Chance to Discover Divine Beauty

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This life is my one chance to experience the characteristics of Jesus that counteract loss, disappointment, weakness, and need—and to share that hope with others!

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