Posts tagged with: suffering

Hope for Heartache

It is a glorious September evening as the sun sets in a cascade of color; orange and red blend their palate in great brush strokes on the horizon just above an ocean of rolling green prairie. I don’t know whether...
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Silence

Silence…it can be deafening to the heart. I clicked out another text and sent it, but I didn’t expect a reply. My smart phone announced its delivery but it was never read. I hadn’t heard from my son, Jerrod, for...
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Hope for a Happy Ending

Someone recently told me, “One of the things I loved the most about your book was stepping into your story and coming to the end with a feeling of peace and happiness despite the unhappy ending. It gave me encouragement...
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A Heart Cracked Open

CRACK!! The sound echoed through the stadium like a crack of thunder as two helmets collided. In the silence that followed one player stood up dazed while another lay prostrate on the field. His motionless body twitched as a tremor...
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Grace Lessons in Miserable Mistakes

After my oldest son, Justin, suffered severe brain damage, he had difficulty maintaining a normal sleep/wake cycle. One night he was particularly irritable. Even after rocking him for some time after everyone else had gone to bed, I still could...
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Grace for the Numb and Unfeeling

It happened so fast. I turned just as a goat jumped against the unlatched gate slamming the latch into my elbow and hitting a nerve that sent a wave of pain down my arm. My hand suddenly went numb and...
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Lest We Forget

My phone chimes and the words, “I’m fine” pop up and I breathe a sigh of relief. “I can’t call out, but I’m OK” reaffirm the message from my son in Oklahoma. That was 13 days ago – almost two...
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Scars

As I carry the mail to rural residents in the Texas Panhandle, I spend several hours in my car traveling many miles on countless dirt and county roads. While I travel, I enjoy listening to Christian radio stations and I...
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When You’re Hurting

It started Monday and it has happened before so I should have known what was coming, but all I noticed Monday was that I seemed to be developing a toothache. I couldn’t even determine which tooth was hurting, but that...
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Digging Out

Monday morning the wind was howling and snow was swirling when I pulled out onto the icy county road and headed to the Plainview Post Office. Snow was piling up on the roads but few snowplows were running due to...
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