It’s Impossible…

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    It’s impossible to pass through April 25th without thinking of Selah. But I hesitate to write much because I don’t have any expectations of others remembering and don’t ever want to imply that I do… I also waver because some who are hurting don’t ever witness love-surrounding. And some who are hurting, have not yet [Read More...]

I Have a Friend…

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I have a friend who is going in for a medical test today. Images, biopsies, invasive… Invading the allusion of security and safety that so easily numbs us to eternity. And the results could be life-impacting. Some might say– Shattering. And I probably won’t think-pray about much else today. But– In the midst of it all [Read More...]

Five Years Ago Today…

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  This card came in the mail yesterday. From Selah’s doctor up at the Children’s Hospital. She remembers every year. Just one word– Selah, To pause and value. And I went walking with some friends this morning and one said– “It’s not that you miss the person less… It’s that around you, life fills (with [Read More...]

Today…

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Today… The news images flash– Of smoke and explosions and sorrow-stained concrete, Of children frantically clinging to parents, And eyes scanning crowds for loved-ones-unaccounted-for. A mama of five enters Heaven. Her husband is left with raw pain and a house of little aching hearts. Today, his first full day without the-woman-he-doesn’t-know-how-to-live-without. This baby– His mama prays for [Read More...]

Praying for…

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Praying for the Hartfeld and Springstead families tonight… As Jacob and Stacey head home awaiting hospice. Please join us in praying for Stacey and Jacob and their little ones. Dear Stacey & Jacob, Oh sweet friends… All day long. All day long God has brought you to mind. And every place I went today…the conversation [Read More...]

When Nothing Else Can Reach Your Heart…

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  I have a friend Rachel…and she understands my heart. She knows what it is to have a hurting heart that needs hope…and she lives in that place of wrestling. Where she struggles to trust God every. single. day… With the life of her child. She invited me over to her place today and it [Read More...]

Ways to Weep With…

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  Weeping With Those Who Weep–   Four years ago last April…I fell asleep slumped over a hospital bed, up at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. And the next morning our daughter Selah died. And I was kicking myself for moments-lost-in-slumber. At first there was the piercing pain, where it was difficult to even breathe. It was [Read More...]

And These Are Hard Words…

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I pull out those bright, plastic, yellow men that shout– “Children at Play” to the oncoming cars. And I see the swarms in our yard and backyard and on the hill behind our house. Laughing. Screaming. Children of life. But then her email comes… A heart-friend whose adoption has fallen through. And she longs for a full house, but I [Read More...]

Four Years Ago Tonight…

…I fell asleep slumped over a hospital bed. Up at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. And the next morning Selah died. And I was kicking myself for moments-lost-in-slumber. Today this card came in the mail. One word full of so much love… From the doctor who was our doctor during that last week.. And it brought it [Read More...]

Today She Would’ve Been Four

That’s what I woke up thinking this morning–As the alarm-buzz jolted me to reality.Those first years after she died, this day was so heavy,Such a looming blanket of darkness…That seemed to smother joy. And I’m thinking of two in particular, as I write–Who will face this Christmas in that new pain, That fresh sting…An empty hole where fullness once filled [Read More...]

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