Tag Archives: heartache

Pain & Grief election style

It’s my honor to know 3 young women who have shared transparent and very vulnerable stories this past week. Their stories may be yours, or very similar, or they may not resonate at all.  As humans we need empathy for … Continue reading

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Mom! You can do this! We all love you and support you! 78 is great! 

Happiest of birthdays to the most amazing woman, my Mom. How do you sum up anyone’s life in just a few words? Mom’s life has been a complex journey through childhood, marriage (58 years and counting), motherhood (particularly when you have … Continue reading

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On things that melt my heart~

On a day my heart is broken, something like this happens. It awakens my soul, and melts my heart. Heart mended. Facebook Alli Smith shared Act SPU’s photo. Act SPU SOLIDARITY WITH BALTIMORE FROM SEATTLE (PACIFIC UNIVERSITY) ‪#‎baltimore‬ ‪#‎prayforbaltimore‬ ‪#‎baltimoreriots‬ … Continue reading

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On grieving and responding to grief, especially during the holidays~

A dear friend shared this article with me today. She is no stranger to deep grief. When she shares her heart, I listen. She has been a great teacher over the past 5 years on how to respond better to … Continue reading

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On flinging our rage and unrest at God – #PrayforSPU

“The dialogue between God and Job looks more like a trial at court. Job seeks vindication and demands God give it to him. When God answers Job, “Brace yourself like a man,” he is not browbeating Job. Rather, he encourages … Continue reading

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On an anniversary of a suicide

Heartrending words by Kay Warren nearing the anniversary of their son’s death. A true lesson for us all. As the one-year anniversary of Matthew’s death approaches, I have been shocked by some subtle and not-so-subtle comments indicating that perhaps I … Continue reading

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On grieving and bearing one another’s burdens

“Come. Bring your gifts of memories, your arms with chocolates and your presence. Leave the words behind and just come. I’ll hear what you mean, not what you say.” Yesterday my heart was heavy the entire day. You see, there’s … Continue reading

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On desiring mercy and not sacrifice~

I have been on a spiritual journey of sorts most of my life. It has really intensified over the past 13 or so years, but especially the past 6 years. The intensity started over a short conversation with my daughter … Continue reading

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On making someone’s grief be easier~

A dear friend shared this article with me today. She is in my opinion, a reluctant self-made expert on grief & grieving; what to do as a friend of one grieving, and what not to do. She will quietly celebrate her … Continue reading

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Dear Paw Paw, (5 years later)

We cannot believe you have been gone five years.  We miss you.  So much has happened we wish we could have shared with you along the way.  I know Sam misses calling you when he is on his way to … Continue reading

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