Tag Archives: loss

The Weight of Loss

February 22, 2022

All that remains of my father’s life is found in two cardboard boxes. Is that all his life is reduced to: two small boxes, one new, one weathered over time? Yesterday, I went to the funeral home to pick up his death certificate (cause: multiple system failure, dementia) and the second of the two boxes. […]

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Hope Even in the Darkness

December 18, 2020

I’ve always been interested in the contrast of light and darkness. As we draw nearer to the darkest day of the year, and the day the Light came to earth, I thought I’d repeat some old blog posts. This one is from 2017 but it is even more relevant today, in the midst of all […]

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In Darkness and Silence, Hope

December 22, 2017

Advent is a time to wait. We wait, expectantly. We hope, even in the darkness. Especially in the darkness. During the 400 years of silence between the Old and New Testaments, the people trusted despite the hopelessness of their suffering. They couldn’t see a way out, but God saw them. His gaze penetrated the murkiness. […]

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When life brings too much to bear

February 19, 2014

I’ve been in a daze. Stricken to the core. I haven’t been able to think of anything except my friends and former teammates in Eastern Europe. They lost their teenage son last week. These dear ones are not strangers to difficulties. They’ve had to carry burden upon burden, for years now. All of it pales […]

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