Category Archives: Hope for the Hurting

Why Is Empathy Important?

“That’s Why And Z Too!” Why is empathy important? As a boy, whenever I didn’t want to do what my mother asked, like many kids, I’d ask, “Why?” Mom would inevitably come back with, “That’s Why and Z, too!” In … Continue reading

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“Life Can’t Be THAT Bad!”

Empathy helps us negotiate difficult conversations. As a beginning chaplain on a ward for patients with mental disorders, I encountered a woman who stood, while I sat to talk with her. “I want to die,” she cried. Trying to respond … Continue reading

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Christian Action In Response To Pandemic

What is a Christian action response to the pandemic of Coronavirus? In my previous blog, I shared the perspective of  of three Christian leaders. A second way to explore this issue leads us to ask how, as Christians, do we act? … Continue reading

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What Is A Christian Response To Coronavirus Pandemic? I Perspective

Coronavirus is not our first pandemic on our a planet. In their print Special Edition on the Pandemic, The Epoch Times identifies other pandemics we’ve experienced. Over four years during the 14th century, for example, the Black (bubonic) Plague took … Continue reading

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Finding Hope In Despair: Peter’s Story II

In my last blog, I told the story of Peter’s despair. But in the midst of that despair, however, Peter found hope. I want to share now how the happened, how Peter found    hope in despair. You recall how, … Continue reading

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Finding Hope In Despair: Peter’s Story I

                                               Who Owns My Life? – Peter Pain and anguish tear at my heart, the only relief from … Continue reading

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What Good Is A Virus?

If you’ve ever had a cold, or a flu (Influenza) you know a virus when you see it. Misery for days, weeks. Sinus, fever, congestion, coughing, sneezing. Has it ever occurred to you to ask, “What good is a virus”? … Continue reading

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Where Are You, God, In This COVIDn-19 Disaster?

“Lost both of my grandparents in the past 24 hours to covid-19,” wrote Steven Nash on Twitter. I sent him my sincere sympathy. I couldn’t do much else, except to ask, “Where are You, God, in this COVIDn-19 Disaster?” In … Continue reading

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“Stay Strong!” Doesn’t Help Those In Grief And Loss

People yet to be deeply affected by the death of a loved one, often urge the bereaved to Be Strong, or to Stay Strong. Earlier, I described NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s tragic death (https://www.gordongrose.com/ the-death-of-kobe-bryant/). People on Twitter have expressed … Continue reading

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What We Learn From The Death of Kobe Bryant

The death of Kobe Bryant shocks us out of our avoidance and denial of the reality of death. We learn we are vulnerable; only God’s word lasts forever. Continue reading

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