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”

Keep Walking

  Sometimes in life we find ourselves in a deep, dark valley. Often it feels more like a narrow slot canyon where no sunshine can reach. The Narrows slot canyon at Zion National Park is 18 miles long and if you want to walk up it you’re in water—often very deep water, with a strongContinue reading “Keep Walking”

Grief Sucks but God Restores Hope

It’s been 15 days since I got the news. My sister Suz passed away at 4:00 a.m. on a Thursday morning. I hate that phrase, “passed away.” It makes it sound like she floated off in a gondola across the sea. She died. Why do we shroud death in such wishy-washy language? I never wentContinue reading “Grief Sucks but God Restores Hope”

Contemplating Suicide Is Not Selfish

Sept. 10,  is World Suicide Prevention Day. Why there is but a single day of the year devoted to preventing suicide, I do not know. We should endeavor every day to provide the hope the hopeless need to get them through the pain that leads to suicide. Often we hear it said that those who killContinue reading “Contemplating Suicide Is Not Selfish”