I’ve never been good with equations or formulas – and I’m not just talking about the mathematical variety. I’m thinking more about those formulas you find in some Christian books whereby, if you read out a series of steps towards ‘freedom in Christ’ or ‘freedom from addiction’ and so on, you will have a good… Continue reading Why forgiveness is not a formula
I’m fascinated by tears of the emotional variety (as opposed to those you get from cutting up onions). Why do women seem to cry more than men? And is crying actually helpful? In 1982 biochemist Dr. William H. Frey released a theory, for which there is some indirect evidence. He said tears help relieve stress… Continue reading It’s good to cry
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the ‘half empty or half full’ question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out ranged from 8 oz.… Continue reading Hand the glass over.
Today my family found itself in the waiting room of the hospital emergency department. As it turned out our son had broken his arm falling off the monkey bars in our backyard. He required an x-ray, and then a cast was put on his right arm. It was all quite overwhelming for him at the… Continue reading The walking wounded
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” (Howard Thurman) I must say this quote excites me every time I read it. Doing things for the sake of what we think the world… Continue reading What makes you come alive?
One of my favourite Biblical characters is the woman who’s been bleeding for 12 years before she meets Jesus. According to Mosaic Law, women who were ceremonially unclean weren’t allowed to touch anyone. For those long years blood had flowed from this woman’s body, making her physically sick and socially unacceptable. The physicians of her time were unable… Continue reading Jesus sees our suffering
In a group discussion recently we touched on the topic of scars. One person described them as beautiful (emotional or physical), not because of the past pain, but because they gave an illustration of redemption or salvation. Healing has taken place. All was not lost. We survived – and we have the scars to prove… Continue reading He understands scars