Category: Grief & Loss

November 20, 2023
Stories of Suffering, Redemption, Hope

John Wyatt examines the way in which Christians might regard the problem of suffering in the world. With examples of Christians who have experienced some of life's toughest challenges, Wyatt notes, "So a recurring theme of human experience is the strange but wonderful way that the evil, pain, distress and agony of human suffering is […]

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March 25, 2023
Dementia

As a registered mental health nurse, Professor John Swinton, noted how worship practices stimulated dementia patients. Fascinated by this, his interest in understanding more about dementia grew. In his work as a chaplain some big questions and thoughts arose. "What does it mean to know God when you have forgotten who God is?" "He or […]

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March 15, 2023
Waiting When God Seems Silent

A practical article to encourage those who are seeking God's answer to prayers. "There’s a sense in which God is never silent. He has already spoken in his word and by becoming man and dying for us on the cross, purchasing our eternal salvation. This is speech, and speech is not silence! What we call […]

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March 6, 2023
When Life Doesn’t Go to Plan

Presenter and author Sheridan Voysey speaks of longing and disappointment but suggests that may be part of a reorientation of our plans. "There’s a wonderful proverb: Hope deferred makes the heart sick. And gosh, we now know that when that hope is deferred and deferred and deferred, and another month and another month and another […]

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February 1, 2023
Thinking out loud - Lament

How do we deal with the gap between how we want things to be and how they actually are. Natasha Moore gives helpful insight while isolating in the midst of 2020 lockdowns.

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January 4, 2023
How to Handle the “Why” Questions

Katie Faris, a pastor’s wife and mother of five, is the author of "He Will Be Enough" (TGBC 2022). In this article she points us to the biblical book of Job, whose life abounded with suffering. Faris refers to the questions Job asked of God, which reflect our own human pleas for understanding in times of grief […]

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November 14, 2022
'Grief can have a chastening effect': in Faith, Hope and Carnage: Nick Cave plumbs religion, creativity and human frailty

Faith, Hope and Carnage – Nick Cave and Seán O’Hagan. Text Publishing, 2022 Deakin University's Personal Chair, Literary Studies, Lyn McCredden, reviews this recent acclaimed publication , stating... "Whether you adore or despise Nick Cave, this book offers you a great deal. Far more than the stereotypes of the gothic expatriate, or the drug-loving, post-punk, underground […]

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September 14, 2022
What To Do When Work Disappoints

We all know that work can at times be hard. However, it may be more difficult to recognise loss and grief at work. Meryl gives helpful ways to identify our grief and what we can do with it for a more productive work life. "Some days, my work bag is ridiculously heavy. But even when […]

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September 7, 2022
5 Idols Revealed through Hardship

Hardship is bound to hit us all. For people who follow Jesus, there are things that hardship can reveal about us that is helpful for life. While it can be difficult to see this while in the middle of suffering, Mark Vroegop highlights some of the more common things revealed in western culture. "While there’s […]

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July 25, 2022
Caring for the Sorrowful

Glenn Hohnberg looks to the Book of Proverbs to help us navigate the path of grief with those who are experiencing loss. "'Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,but a good word makes him glad.' (Proverbs 12:25) Those going through grief and loss—for whatever reason—feel anxious. The world feels less stable, less safe. Anxiety […]

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July 4, 2022
The Day of Small Things

How do we manage the emotional impact of tragic news reports from around the world? How can we help or make a difference? Meredith Van Der Klip offers some useful practical advice to help navigate troubled times. "God says in Zechariah 4:10, “Do not despise the day of small things.” In the face of large-scale tragedy, […]

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February 21, 2022
Entering into the Loneliness of Job

Loneliness is considered an epidemic, and has been around for a while. The Bible tells the story of Job in his great loneliness and grief. there is hope, described by Christopher Ash in this article.

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