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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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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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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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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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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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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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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God Came to Me in My Cancer
At a time when I should have felt abandoned by God, I experienced what Augustine called “the sweetness.”
When they sat beside me, my hand in their hands, my own suffering began to feel like it had revealed to me the suffering of others, a world of those who, like me, are stumbling in the
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.
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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
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Hiding the Full Truth from Kids Is Often Healthy
As our children come of age, how do we talk about the brutal realities of a broken world?
race relations, narratives from the Bible, or family histories that contain stories of heartache and pain. However, the problem lies not so much in her writing as in the ways adults have
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God’s Ministry of Disappointment
In pain and confusion, I’m finding that God is, indeed, close to the brokenhearted.
excerpt | Discipleship. God's Ministry of Disappointment. In pain and confusion, I'm finding that God is, indeed, close to the brokenhearted. Amena Brown.
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Confessions of a Christian Prepper
My hope shouldn’t lie in survival skills and stockpiles.
a Christian, I'm freed, in theory, from the burden of trying to avoid death and suffering at all burdens of this fallen world, “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Rev.
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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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I’m Not Called to Keep My Kids from Danger
I can’t keep my kids safe. But I can prepare them for a life of faithfulness.
familiar, safe, and comfortable. Outside the camp, where Jesus went, was a place of shame, death, abandonment, and pain. For us, moving “outside
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Lamenting Las Vegas: How Country Music Marks an American Tragedy
After a mass shooting, we can find solace in an art form steeped in Scripture.
After a mass shooting, we can find solace in an art form steeped in Scripture.
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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.
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The California Fires Are Purifying My Priorities
The threat of disaster forces me to reckon with salvation—mine and others.
wake-up call to us. This world is full of suffering, and God has a new one in store that will have no remnants of pain or crying. But we are not there yet
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Q&A: Ministering to Gang Members Is God’s Work
Why a juvenile justice advocate builds relationships with Chicago’s most vulnerable young men.
It's a lethal absence of hope, as Father Greg Boyle puts it. And violence is just a symptom. Our communities often think that more policing and incarcerating is going to fix the problem.
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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