Received With Joy!

One of the most powerful prayers and hymns I’ve ever sung says “…For behold, through the cross joy has come into all the world. Ever blessing the Lord, we praise his Resurrection: for by enduring the cross, he has destroyed death by death.” Imagine that something as horrible as the cross producing such joy as a renewal of all the universe and the undoing of death! And yet, that message is at…

Develop Endurance

Platitudes can be absolutely infuriating when you’re suffering. And, usually, a person in pain hears things like “Oh, just trust God” or “into each life a little rain must fall” as uncaring dismissals of their very real heartache. To be sure, most folks mean well, but deep in their own hearts they are afraid of getting too close to pain lest it capture them. Let’s face it, folks avoid pain. And for…