Lemon Drop Memories

Another road trip to the new house, another stop at Kwik Trip for more coffee. And there I saw them, a bag of lemon drops. I pulled the bag off the metal piece it hung from and immediately tears stung my eyes. Lemon drop memories. It's funny how little things can cause liquid grief to [...]

Christian Platitudes and Spiritual Band-Aids

What do you say when you don't know what to say? When your neighbor's husband dies from a heart attack at 32 leaving his wife with four young children. When the retired couple at church have all of their financial savings taken in a scam and are left with nothing. When the cancer comes back [...]

We Need the Lord and Each Other

If someone asked you to describe the Lord and your experience of Him, What would you say? How does that influence your interactions with others and how you respond to pain and difficulties? Shadows are the result of something blocking the light. There are many things in life that cast a shadow on our faith [...]

A Look at Depression: Naomi

The darkness of grief and depression can smother out the light of any hope and faith we may have. The story of Naomi and her grief and depression is found in the book of Ruth. Naomi was the wife of a man named Elimilech. Naomi and Elimilech had two sons, Mahlon and Kilion. This family [...]

Lord, I Need You!

Do you know the desperation of the words, "Lord, I need you?" A few years ago my dad was suffering with Alzheimer’s and my mom was trying to care for him. I would drive up to their house a couple of times each week to give my mom help or give her a break whenever I [...]