The 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). In the Hebrew, 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 theContinue reading “The Valley of Tears”

Has God Given Up on You?

“If we are unfaithful,    he remains faithful,    for he cannot deny who he is.”  2 Timothy 2:13, NLT There can be times of a great despair; when sin or sickness is definitely in the spotlight. Losing hope is an easy response for mere mortals like us. There can be a place where the darkness won’t lift; andContinue reading “Has God Given Up on You?”

My Mortal Enemy

  “Must I then, indeed,  Pain, live with you All through my life? –sharing my fire, my bed, And, when I feed myself, feeding you, too?”  Edna St. Vincent Millay The critical issue many face is just trying to survive the next episode of depression or mania.  Somehow I think that cohabitating with something that isContinue reading “My Mortal Enemy”

Putting Out the Flames of Hell

I love this quote. I don’t remember the first time I read it, but it resonated with me immediately. I see in myself that person, carrying buckets of cold water to douse the flames trying to consume the lost and hopeless. I’ve been through hell here on earth. Over a decade of it. I feltContinue reading “Putting Out the Flames of Hell”