Vaneetha Rendall Risner has experienced loss and abandonment, which means her words about her experience of observing Christmas while heart-broken come from a place of personal experience and self-reflection. She writes at Desiring God: Yet for those who have experienced loss, the holidays often bring a sense of dread. I remember the cloud that hung …

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It’s been disconcerting observing Christians who twelve months ago were critiquing the cultural norms as being impediments to Christian witness praying for those cultural norms to be restored in the context of current social disruptions. While Christians don’t have to want things to be as bad as they can be, and things being as bad …

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It just feels like a tough week, due to very recent events on top of other events months past, with the expectation of more to come. More unfolding right now. The Bible recounts in a variety of ways stories of people who trust God and learn of God’s faithfulness. As those stories continue, those experiences …

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It is impossible to avoid disappointment. To live as a human in a fallen world is to experience deficit between expectation and experience. A strategy of avoidance is to eliminate expectation or reject experience. Avoidance is deficient and self-defeating because it nurtures cynicism and refuses to accept the gifts God brings to our lives. Instead …

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