Category Archives: The Sufferer

Broken-heart Syndrome

Can a person die of a broken heart? Will the unexpected loss of a close relative or loved-one create such emotional stress that it jeopardizes the person’s well-being? Don’t people in grief recover sufficiently so that their physical health suffers … Continue reading

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What Words Do You Say To A Grieving Friend?

On this past Sunday, November 5, 2017, Patrick Devin Kelley walked into Sutherland Springs Baptist Church (TX) during worship, and, and with an AR-15 rifle, killed 26. A neighbor, hearing gunfire, returned with a rifle, wounded Kelly twice, and forced him to flee. … Continue reading

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Morbidity Rate of Depression

If you feel depressed, your life may shorten. According to results of a study released recently which followed the lives of 3400 Canadian adults from 1952 to 1992, people with depression experienced a shorter life span than those without it. … Continue reading

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“We Mend Broken Hearts”

I returned yesterday (6/29/17) from the hospital where I had implanted a cardiac pacemaker. The periodic “pre-syncope” experiences that necessitated this medical procedure included my feeling faint, feeling I’m about to pass out, and, in one case, briefly losing consciousness. … Continue reading

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God’s Depression Treatment

Treatment For Depression We’ve seen the kind of treatment people have devised in order to relieve the suffering of depression: medicine and counseling (see blog, October 28). Although we welcome the advances in medicine and in counseling to help people, … Continue reading

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“Tragedy Transformed” Judges’ Comments

Last week, Tragedy Transformed: How Job’s Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours made the Finals in the fourth annual Cascade Awards Writing Contest  conducted by the Oregon Christian Writers. I felt honored to have my book judged high enough to … Continue reading

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Responses to Tragedy II

Tragedy happens all around us. Last week a man gunned down four of our US Marines at two US Navy training centers in Chattanooga, TN. One sailor later died.  Five families and military brothers (and sisters) mourn. In their honor, … Continue reading

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Responses to Tragedy

No day goes by without TV, Internet, and Radio reporting tragedy. Not just one, but many. Over and over bad news so inundates us, that “news” takes on the definition = Bad News. As I write, one headline refers to … Continue reading

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Chaos II

With our desire for control–even need for it, what do we do when confronted with circumstances over which we have no control? The sudden death of a loved one; the birth of a child who is handicapped; your unexpected diagnosis … Continue reading

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Chaos

We are creatures of control. We like predictability, habit, and, if possible, certainty. Take medicine, for example. Here is one profession dedicated to enabling us to control our health, avoid disease, and extend life. Living with uncertainty, confusion, and chaos … Continue reading

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