At the time of my husband’s death I saw Jesus primarily as a problem solver. If he would just appear then he would take away this horrific pain. If he had done that then I would have missed the lesson on how pain can be used to transform us.
Suffering seems to be the only thing that gets our immediate attention. It makes us realise we are not in control.
There was a time when I thought that suffering was a strange phenomena, now I stand at the foot of a bloody cross and wonder “what the hell was I thinking?” There was a time when I though God had cursed the lepers in our community – nowadays I realise He is the leper that our Christian communities often curse. Nicole Conner
Today you may be feeling like the hills are melting. Things that in the past have been solid and strong may be shifting and falling. Or strong winds of adversity may be throwing you around. The prophet is assuring us that God is good and that we can take refuge in Him even when the very foundations are shifting around us.
Shalom is much more than peace. In the Hebrew context, Shalom is thought of in relationship to the land, the soil and Gods creation. It is the opposite to no conflict. Shalom is when the eco system, the land and life is the way that it should be. It is when everything is flourishing, when everything is working the way that is should be.
In a study last year, people who took eight weeks of mindfulness meditation training had far fewer cases of colds and flu and less severe infections compared to a group of non-meditators.
This article written by John Pavlovitz is a very important insight into grief. I completely resonate with this. Grief is difficult to articulate and even harder to live with. X. Lisa The Hidden, Chronic Pain… Read More
One of the most difficult things for trauma survivors is to find words for their experiences. For many the story is never told. Shame and fear keep us locked in silence.
At some time we have all have been thrown in a pit, thrown out of the boat, thrown out of Egypt. The cross is about how to stand against hate without becoming hate yourself. Its about forgiving people who lie about us, betray us, reject us.