From a Mental Hospital Ward, [Crushed]

3 “For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.” Psalm 143:3 Some time ago,  I was hospitalized for my mental illness. (Actually seven times.) And though each time was bitter, but the Lord carried me.  They would take from me myContinue reading “From a Mental Hospital Ward, [Crushed]”

The Swamp of Despondency, [Pilgrim’s Progress]

  “Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out!    Tell others he has redeemed you from your       enemies.   For he has gathered the exiles from many lands,       from east and west,       from north and south.  Some wandered in the wilderness,       lost and homeless.  Hungry and thirsty,       they nearly died.  “Lord, help!”Continue reading “The Swamp of Despondency, [Pilgrim’s Progress]”

Some Christmas Advice

Christmas is my most favorite time of the year.  I grew up in the northern part of Wisconsin, and my most valuable and tenderest recollections are my Christmases.  I was raised in a Norwegian Lutheran church, (Think: Lutefisk.). Many memories flow from that; the cold, the snow and the tree and the presents.  I have been made a ‘rich’Continue reading “Some Christmas Advice”

“Darkness is My Only Companion”

“Lord Jesus Christ, you are for me medicine when I am sick; you are my strength when I need help; you are life itself when I fear death; you are the way when I long for heaven; you are light when all is dark; you are my food when I need nourishment.” —Ambrose of Milan (340-397) Our theology makes allContinue reading ““Darkness is My Only Companion””