Category Archives: Suffering

The Next Forty Days, Day 32–On Being Hated

I’m going to write about something that I have never written publicly about before—at least not in this direct a way. I want to address the emotional weight connected to being hated. It is very unusual for me to write … Continue reading

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The Next Forty Days, Day 18–The Captain of My Soul

Invictus Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under … Continue reading

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The Next Forty Days, Day 14–Suffering and Silence

During these 40 days, folks who observe the season of Lent spend a lot of time thinking about suffering. The closer we get to the end of these days, the intensity of focus concentrates on Jesus’s suffering as he is beaten, … Continue reading

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No Pill for This

Lately I’ve been suffering from the blues. Over the past few years I’ve written about this  a bit, largely because I’ve battled some form of the blues off and on throughout much of my life. For a number of years … Continue reading

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Forty Days, Day 36–While I in Stillness Wait

I read some poetry today. I was looking for inspiration for tonight’s blog and caught myself flitting from poem to poem like a buzzing bee drunkenly bouncing from blossom to blossom. I read aloud, which I haven’t done in a … Continue reading

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Forty Days, Day 29–A Place to Lay My Head

Jesus told him, “Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to rest.”  (Matthew 8:20) I have had several long days that have added up to being a number of long weeks. An … Continue reading

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Forty Days, Day 26–Those Who Remain

Those of us who were raised in a Christian faith tradition, and even many who were not, know the stories of what happened to Jesus during the last months, weeks, days, and hours of his ministry and life. Whole rites … Continue reading

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Forty Days, Day 25–Crime and Punishment

Four years ago I was in the midst of a particularly trying time in my life. I’ve chronicled much of the drama and trauma of 2011 throughout my Lessons in Gratitude blog. One of the many traumas I suffered that year … Continue reading

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Forty Days, Day 23–The Flesh is Weak

When God tested Job (at least the story goes that God tested him, it actually could have been a string of really bad luck) he experienced what I have come to call in my own life, “a series of unfortunate … Continue reading

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Forty Days, Day 11–Many Shades of Blue

The other day I checked in with myself and decided that I wasn’t feeling particularly upbeat; in fact when I really took a look at how I was feeling, I had to acknowledge to that I had the blues. “I … Continue reading

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