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After 50 Years in a Wheelchair, I Still Walk with Jesus
On the anniversary of her accident, Joni Eareckson Tada reflects on God’s faithfulness.
you've endured stage-three breast cancer and currently suffer from severe chronic pain. In your experience, how can Christians walk in the tension between accepting suffering that may
Opinion | Family
Breast Cancer Marred My Picture-Perfect Marriage
How we found God’s mercy as we faced deep division we’d never experienced before.
of marriage, nothing excavates the hardened soil of our hearts like suffering.” That suffering can be Simultaneous joy and pain—just as the love I felt for Corey deepened right alongside
interview | Family
Sanya Richards-Ross: My Abortion Broke Me; God Redeemed Me
The Olympic gold medalist opens up about faith, failure, and grace.
explores her spiritual journey through both victories and failures— losing and winning races, facing disappointments in relationships on and off the track, enduring the pain of Behçet's
The Truth About Living with an Invisible Illness
God sees me and my pain even when others cannot.
The Holy Spirit empowers me to communicate my suffering to the world. God's presence in pain pushes me to share my experience with loved ones in a way that drives away isolation.
interview | Discipleship
A Stroke Freed Me to Redefine Beauty
Former model Katherine Wolf reveals how a nearly fatal experience altered her faith.
“The Cross and the suffering of Christ in the kingdom of God, we know it is the ultimate source of beauty because it means that the end of the story is no longer sadness, pain, and death
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Joni Eareckson Tada: “Don’t Deny Christ. The Stakes Are Too High”Subscriber access only
How suffering drives us to the Cross
You have endured tremendous suffering—living with quadriplegia, surviving stage-3 breast cancer, and enduring intense chronic pain for more than 15 years.
Opinion | Sexuality
The Mystery of My HealingSubscriber access only
Unexplainable relief is a reminder of God’s grace, wholeness, and incarnation.
I can't remember when it began, but for the past few years, a constant pain has hugged my lower back. With each solution, the pain faded, only to come back in a few days or weeks.
Opinion | Discipleship
What the Hygge Trend Tells Me About True Comfort
I like warm socks, coffee, and a cozy fire. But real, sustainable self-care involves something unexpected.
are temporal. So what is truly comforting? That God is present with us in our suffering—a promise we find over and over again in Scripture. For this reason
Let's Be Honest: Labor Is Trauma
As a doula and a mother, I know from experience that labor requires intense suffering.
I'd had a flashback and felt as if I were twisting in pain in the hospital bed and cavalier—“Look how absurd I look in my mom-diaper!” about something that involves intense suffering.
Reporting | Family
Why Are Our Children So Anxious?
Unpacking the reasons behind childhood and adolescent anxiety—and the hope we find in the gospel.
to think that anxiety is a completely spiritual problem; that the or a counselor can enter a child's pain through extending come to prevent people from ever experiencing suffering but to
What I Needed From the Church During My Depression
3 ways our communities can support mental health.
state because it's often impossible to discern the problem from the that on the other side of your pain is something It gets better” campaign, but many people suffering from depression or
Opinion | Pop Culture
B. B. King, My Soundtrack for SufferingSubscriber access only
What the late King of the Blues reminded me about the King of Kings.
to in those years, the blues offered encouragement not through denial of suffering, but despite it. get, the blues musician always finds a way to wrest something beautiful from deep pain.
Opinion | former TCW issue
From Wailing to Worship
How my darkest hour revealed God’s brightest glory
In my late thirties, I was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome, a debilitating disease marked by pain and escalating weakness. I started sobbing as I realized this was the crux of my pain.
Opinion | Sexuality
The History We’d Prefer to ForgetSubscriber access only
Why we pass on pain to the next generation.
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The Casserole-Toting Church Ladies Hold the Secret To Happiness
I found unexpected heroes—and a model for faithful living—in the elderly women at my church.
The Casserole-Toting Church Ladies Hold the Secret To Happiness. I found unexpected heroes—and a model for faithful living—in the elderly women at my church.
Opinion | Family
God’s Grace Through the Pain of PregnancySubscriber access only
Nine months can feel like a long, dark valley.
countries in particular. No doubt for many of these women, the pain and suffering associated with such infertility and impairment is profound. I know my
A Lament for Louisiana After the Floods
As I grieve the tragedy in my home state, I’ve found solace in a surprising place.
Somehow he wound his words toward the tragedies we see unfolding on our screens every day, the almost unbearable futility of watching suffering from a distance, our feelings of
Opinion | former TCW issue
Living with Bipolar Disorder
Christian women talk about their challenges.
In fact, her episodes of depression got worse until her suffering was almost to substance abuse in an effort to manage her emotional pain. The real problem is in the brain's chemicals.
Opinion | Discipleship
Where Is God for the Suffering, Starving, and Freezing? Subscriber access only
How I finally recognized the Lord in a world of pain and distress.
I am no closer to understanding the randomness of suffering today than I was when I met Margaret. that the way to live in joy and gratitude is to experience just a little of her pain and to
Opinion | Discipleship
A Field Guide for Suffering WellSubscriber access only
Finding beauty and blessings in our spiritual deserts.
to find someone who doesn't run away from such pain. lead us toward idols, which temporarily alleviate our suffering but ultimately good, the true, and beautiful when the problem of evil