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Joy in Suffering: The Gift of Perspective

The word kept appearing throughout the week: in my morning devotions, in my notes from Sunday School, in that little sermon reminder I’d sketched for myself at least a year ago, still lying on my desk. PERSPECTIVE In Hebrews 10:34, the writer commends his brothers for suffering the loss of their goods with joy. I […]

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The Narrow Place of Chronic Illness

I love driving down Main Street. At night. When the streets are empty and the air is quiet and only a few people move on the sidewalk under the glowing lamps.  Put me on Main Street in the middle of the day, however, and you’ll find me gripping the steering wheel with both hands, gritting […]

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Broken Dreams and Gold Dust: When Chronic Illness Changes Your Life

It’s been a decade, but the dreams still come. Each is a warped version of the same dilemma: I’m trying to find my way to my class, I have all the wrong books, I have no schedule, I’m too late to register, I can’t find my way to my dorm room, or some such problem. […]

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Seasons of Expectation: Waiting in a Chronic Illness (Part 2)

Last week we talked about waiting for Christmas, waiting in chronic illness, and waiting in unanswered prayer. This week is about how to wait in a chronic illness. Waiting in Action We know God will answer our prayers eventually–if not here on Earth, at least in Heaven. So what do we do while we wait? […]

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Seasons of Expectation: Waiting in a Chronic Illness (Part 1)

Waiting for Christmas “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” Galatians 4:4-5 This passage appears in many Christmas sermons and Scripture readings as we […]