Valley of Tears

As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. Psalm 84:6 (NIV). The word “baka” means tears. In Psalm 84, the sons of Korah write their praises of God and note that those whose strength is in the Lord will travelContinue reading “Valley of Tears”

The Part of My Depression That Terrifies Me

“Must I then, indeed,  Pain, live with you All through my life? –sharing my fire, my bed, Sharing–oh, worst of things!–the same head?– And, when I feed myself, feeding you, too?”  Edna St. Vincent Millay The critical issue we face is the reality of  living with ourselves through an acute episode of depression or mania.  IContinue reading “The Part of My Depression That Terrifies Me”

The Wind

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.Continue reading “The Wind”

For the Repeat Offenders Who Are Loved, [A Poem Prayer]

“Lord, Every family has a rascal, someone who breaks the rules a delinquent of untold frustration and sleepless nights a repeated offender and bearer of woe The problem child who needs the most chastening. Is this why you love me most persistently? When you correct me, is it because I’m the one most contrary OrContinue reading “For the Repeat Offenders Who Are Loved, [A Poem Prayer]”