Prepare for Flames and Floods

“But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. 2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you willContinue reading “Prepare for Flames and Floods”

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”

Confession – A Villanelle

This poem is written in the “villanelle* form. I wrote it as a reminder to myself of how hard the darkness of depression can be, so that I don’t lose my compassion for those in my world who are struggling to find the Light. But it is also a reminder that the Light of ChristContinue reading “Confession – A Villanelle”

Furnace People Understand Suffering

“I have refined you, but not as silver is refined.   Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.“ Isaiah 48:10 “Once we have come through the ‘furnace of humiliation,’ desperately, fearfully clinging to Christ for all He is worth, then we are fully equipped to march into somebody else’s furnace.” ‘Blessed with Bipolar”Continue reading “Furnace People Understand Suffering”