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The Spirit Prays for Us

The Spirit Prays for Us

One lesson we learn from seasons of pain, darkness, and doubt is that when we’re hurting, a person’s presence with us is far more significant than any words he or she might say. Just having someone sit silently next to us when life is hard communicates genuine love and concern. Besides, when we’re hurting, we

I Wanted to Pray But Had No Idea What to Say

Darkness Closes In Die before you die. There is no chance after. —  C. S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces Sudden and tragic loss leads to terrible darkness. It is as inescapable as nightmares during a high fever. The darkness comes, no matter how hard we try to hold it off. However threatening, we must

Caregiving: To the Community of Faith

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even

Grief: Heads Up, Hands Off

Grief doesn’t come with a handbook. There are guidelines, of course — clinical scales that help determine phases of denial, anger, acceptance, and a few others. And while a useful tool, serving in some ways as an emotional mile marker, these scales follow anything but a linear order. Grief invokes chaos, shuffling these “steps” and

Journey into the Fire of Surrender

For He will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. — Malachi 3:2-3 The embers glowed as the blacksmith stoked the fire. One callused hand held a piece of metal to

Sometimes when we suffer through loneliness or loss, we run out of words to pray or we don’t know how to pray. If you’re there, use these prayers as a template. Go before the Lord and enter into His presence. Come share with us what happens. We would love to hear from you!

Prayers for Loneliness and Loss

LONELINESS Jesus, in Your great loneliness on the Mount of Olives, and in Your agony, You prayed to Your heavenly Father for comfort. You know that there are souls on earth who are without support and without comforters. Send them an angel to give them joy. —Anonymous Father God, You sought me and adopted me,

Through a Season of Grief Where Is the Hope?

Editor’s note: Jesus didn’t tell us that we might have trouble, could go through heartbreak, and should be shocked if we ever surprisingly endure sudden loss and bereavement. He told us that in this world we will have trouble. Because of that, even as Christians, we experience grief and sadness. If you’re there today, you

Losing My Voice To Find It

Editor’s Note: Mark Stuart was the front man of popular Christian rock band Audio Adrenaline at a time when the Christian music scene exploded. Advancing from garage band to global success, the group sold out stadiums all over the world, won Grammy Awards, and even celebrated an album going certified Gold. But after almost twenty

It’s a One-Woman Job

Finding the Courage to Choose May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. — Romans 15:13 Let’s begin by acknowledging I am probably going to hurt someone’s feelings with what I am

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