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Praising God Saves Me In My Pain
In the face of illness, death, and disability, Lamentations gives me a script for how to suffer.
I don't want to admit that I might have to learn to hold God's sovereignty and my own suffering in tension. I don't believe God is the agent of pain, evil, or death, but I don't know how to
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My Son’s Suffering Helped Me Understand God’s Suffering
The birth of my child transformed my view of the “problem of pain” and divine foreknowledge.
Opinion | Discipleship. My Son's Suffering Helped Me Understand God's Suffering. The birth of my child transformed my view of the “problem of pain” and divine foreknowledge.
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Easter Joy Belongs to the Melancholy
The celebration of Christ’s resurrection stands in contrast to Christmas joy.
living through Lent teaches us even a little about how Christ bears the world's suffering, then our lack of “appropriate” emotion is not the solution and, in fact, may be part of the problem.
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Delivering a Stillborn Baby Taught Me the Transience of Death
When I found out about my daughter's condition, I felt the destruction of my plans and hopes. But this place of limitation also revealed God’s profound love.
I had made my decision, but it meant great pain in the days to come. 53:2). The passage refers to the Messiah who would come as the suffering servant to carry the sins of the world.
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Joni Eareckson Tada: Suffering Helps Me See Heaven
I used to wonder why Paul calls hardships “light and momentary.” Years of affliction opened my eyes to his insight.
will not endure, but what is lasting, such as the eternal weight of glory accrued from that pain, will remain This kind of nonchalance about gut-wrenching suffering used to drive me crazy.
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I Found Hope in My Husband’s Chronic Illness
Disability changed our family. It also brought us closer to these three Christian truths.
Much of his life since has been progressively couch-bound. Every contradictory explanation added to the pain. How visible. Other times his pain is hidden.
Q&A: We Need a Christ-Centered Theology of Trauma
Therapist Hermeisha Hopson offers a clinically informed, scripturally sound approach to treating #MeToo victims and other survivors.
is the Lord? I don't get a sense of him. Has he left me? But the Lord is there. He is with you in your pain. In fact, he knows all about pain and suffering.
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God Made Our Brains to Need Others
Both science and Scripture invite us to share our suffering.
I know it sounds strange. Chronic health conditions bring pain, suffering, and frustration—circumstances we feel powerless to control. My autoimmune
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6 Ways to Survive the Grief of Childlessness
In a time of loss and lament, here’s how I found spiritual solace.
Some of the books that have informed my journey include A Sacred Sorrow by Michael Card, A Grief Observed by CS Lewis, Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller
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Your Plan B Is Still God’s Plan A
What a failed church plant taught me about divine purpose and provision.
What a failed church plant taught me about divine purpose and provision.
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Karen Swallow Prior: Sin Is Like Walking in Front of a Bus
What my recent accident taught me about repentance.
Even when it doesn't kill you, it causes needless pain. I remember coming to with a crowd of people around me and my whole body in excruciating pain.
God Understands Hard, Thankless Parenting
Mother’s Day is difficult for many. But Scripture portrays a Father who knows our plight.
By Noah's account, God's heart was filled with pain, and he regretted having them at all (Gen He also extends compassion for the suffering of pregnant women and nursing mothers (Matt
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God’s Message on ‘Ash Valentine’s Day’: True Love Dies
When the first day of Lent falls on a romantic holiday, love and death meet up.
for them, because their choice is born of love and conviction, and though there are days of very real sorrow and pain, they also experience profound joy. Through both suffering and joy
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Why Apocalypse Is Essential to Advent
This season demands a clear view of darkness. Here’s how scholars reckon with it.
Twitter page of a new “friend,” I recently saw two juxtaposed images that struck me forcibly as the right combination for this Advent paradox—the now and the not-yet, suffering and hope
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
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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.
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Blessed Are the Unsatisfied
We often assume that loneliness and dissatisfaction are symptoms of spiritual failure. But what if they’re signs of healthy faith?
I believe this lack of satisfaction is not a problem—beyond the human condition we “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain” (Isa.
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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
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Joni Eareckson Tada: Why Suicide Is Everybody’s Business
Society’s moral resolve hinges on the interdependence of the sick and the well.
informed and involved in shaping society's response to the problem. My parents made gutsy choices that involved facing suffering head-on. In the face of profound pain, even he was
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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