An Empty Tree

An Empty Tree

Our Christmas tree is empty. For 26 years, our family has decorated a Christmas tree.  However, for some reason – and none of us truly really know why – we have left the Christmas tree empty this year. We have been traveling more this year than ever...
How Prayer Can Help You with Despair

How Prayer Can Help You with Despair

Prayer is an antidote to despair. Notice I didn’t suggest a promise about depression I can’t guarantee? Truthfully, prayer is not much of an antidote to depression because mostly it’s just not. Working with depression is a reminder of how chronic it can be and how...

When Days Seem Darkest, Hope Still Trumps Despair

Recent events in the news have a lot of people upset and wondering, “What is this world coming to?” The massacre in Orlando, in particular, causes one to question the sanity of humankind. How could anyone do such a horrible thing? Of course, the Orlando...

When Your Church Dives into Despair, Try 20-Year Test

There is a school of thought running rampant in congregations these days. It is revealed in statements like the following: “This is the worst pastor/ group/recession/president/ situation/era/event that we have ever known! We must get rid of him/her/it/them...