When Someone Passes Away

As a Chaplain, I read this good article written by a grieving mother, about what was helpful and what was not, for her. Maybe it will help you too.

What To Do?

The article below may seem simple, truth for life often is. We love to complicate things, Don’t we? And especially important in this process, pray, and allow time to listen well.


How Do You Decide?

As I drove to the office today, my mind wandered and I wondered about how people make decisions. I wonder what percentage of people try to strictly use a deliberate process, logically considering all information they can gather, considering pros and cons, then decide.

How is it that a person committed to singleness, or serial monogamy as a single person, suddenly chooses to marry someone they barely know?

I wonder what percentage of people make choices based on their gut instinct or emotion, regardless of evidence.

On the third hand, it seems there is little agreement on what constitutes facts, especially in politics, and how does one decide which sources to trust? From the outside, it appears so often that one person’s facts are another person’s opinions. Oh my. I am not eager for the next round of election ugliness. Icky sicky, it makes me.

If there was a scale to weigh pros and cons, what would tip the scales for you? Just for a current example, if you are deciding whether to vaccinate or not, would you focus more on the risk of a possible reaction to the vaccine, or the risks of the illness or death itself if you do not vaccinate?

If you are pro life, are you pro all life, or just some lives? Before you answer too quickly, do you squash bugs? Do you eat any kind of flesh? Words matter.

I will say the only place I reliably find respite for my weary spirit is in the Bible, and when my head feels like a spinning top, I go to what is the core for me – the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew chapters 5-7. Thank you Jesus!

Be Encouraged, Take Heart

Our focus belongs on God’s steadfast love and mercy, rather than the ever-changing values and troubles of society and the world.  It can be hard sometimes, especially when those near us devalue your faith.  Take heart, you are in excellent company.

“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!”     — II Timothy 3:1 – 5