Are You Afraid of the Dark?

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV). It used to be common for young people to say, “Get your … [Read more...]

Hope for the Holidays

“To provide for those who mourn in Zion—to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, to display his glory” Isaiah 61:3 (NRSV). In the last couple of weeks, I’ve emailed back-and-forth with a woman referred to me from the SUDEP Institute … [Read more...]

Widowed: Reflections on the First Year

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home” (John 19:26–27 NRSV). The first anniversary of my husband’s death is swiftly approaching, and once again, I am in shock. However, this time I’m shocked … [Read more...]