It’s Been Hard But I Am Still Here

On Wednesday, November 4—the day after the 2020 election—my inbox filled up with emails from the congregation. I’m not sure if the confluence of correspondence was a coincidence, but on that particular day I heard of my failings as a minister from many voices in my church. Maybe you’ve also heard charges like these: YouContinue reading “It’s Been Hard But I Am Still Here”

How Much Sorrow Can You Endure?

How much sorrow must a person endure? How could she withstand another crashing wave of disappointment? Mary Magdalene had been down the road of despair before, confused and tormented by the devil. Then she met Jesus, who freed her from Satan’s power and gave her hope. But then came that dark afternoon when soldiers nailedContinue reading “How Much Sorrow Can You Endure?”

What Are You Looking for?

I am not feeling great. I am exhausted. Everything is too much effort. Nothing is going right for me at the moment. I can’t bring myself to come to church this week. I can’t lose weight. I can’t beat my depression. God seems distant. I can’t forgive my friend. I can’t forgive myself. I amContinue reading “What Are You Looking for?”