When Grief is Woven into the Story

“He writes into our story places of grief and brings glory out of them. And the glory isn’t always displayed in healing. When we talk about blessing we post on Facebook about going to the beach and we hashtag blessed. We attribute blessing only to those things that are happy or pain free or what…

Light Shinging Through the Cracks

“Think of your own personal disaster, your own struggle with sin and your own failure. If you’re able to be given wisdom to see those failures and struggles, and own those failures and struggles, what are they? Can you see how God can teach you through those moments, those low broken places, in ways he can’t…

The Power of Encouragement

In his book, The Power of Encouragement, David Jeremiah shares the following story: Had it not been for a confident wife, Sophia, we might not have listed among the great names of literature the great name of Nathaniel Hawthorne. When Nathaniel, a heartbroken man, went home to tell his wife that he was a failure…

A Prayer of St. Francis

“Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be…

Seeing the Battle Unfold on the Ground vs. in the Air

In Leadership That Works,Leith Anderson writes,  June 6, 1994, was the 50th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, which began the historic World War II battle to liberate continental Europe from Nazi control. All the major television networks ran anniversary programs that included interviews with aging veterans. One of the programs paired two contrasting interviews back…