Monthly Archives: January 2012

Offering Hope Too Soon

When friends try to comfort us, they often try too hard. After a mother’s miscarriage, for example, someone may say to her, “Don’t worry, you’ll have another baby.” In the effort to assuage a mother’s grief, the well-meaning friend offers … Continue reading

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When My World Turns Upside Down

In a horrific accident, model Lauren Scruggs, 23, walked into the propellor of an airplane in McKinney, TX, December 3. She lost her left eye and left hand. A few hours ago authorities released the 911 tapes, which reveal the … Continue reading

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Grieving, but Not Without Hope

“If I die,” my friend had asked, “will you lead the memorial service?” “I will,” I said. We said Goodbye this week. 250 people came from as far as Menlo Park, CA  and Seattle, WA. His daughter reflected on how, over … Continue reading

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What Hope Can I Offer the Dying?

“If I die,” my friend said in a whispered voice, “will you do the memorial service?” “I will,” I said. I felt honored he asked me, someone who had attended and at times taught his adult Sunday School class. Now … Continue reading

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