A Grief Sanctified: Through Sorrow to Eternal Hope

The below are excerpts from the chapter "The Grieving Process" in  J. I. Packer's A Grief Sanctified: Through Sorrow to Eternal Hope - Including Richard Baxter's Timeless Memoir of His Wife's Life and Death (Crossway, 2002)   What does it mean to grieve properly when one has lost a daughter, a son, a close companion, or the... Continue Reading →

Links to songs that minister to me in my grief

Be Still My Soul -  by Katharina Amalia Dorothea von Schlegel, sung by the traditional acapella boy's choir, Libera Before You Call - by Daphne Rademaker (Vineyard), based on Isaiah 65:24 Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul - Words by Anne Steele, Music by Kevin Twit, performed by Indelible Grace Faith to Believe - by Shane and Shane He Will Hold... Continue Reading →

The Pain of Searing Loss

In losing my father, I have come even more to appreciate Christ’s life and sacrifice on the cross. He was in perfect communion with his Father in heaven, yet humbled himself to come down to earth, taking the form of a servant to the point of death on a cross (Phil 2:7-8, see also John... Continue Reading →

Links to Christian blogs on grief

Grieving and Lament A Grief Sanctified: Through Sorrow to Eternal Hope Glorifying God in Unshakable Grief - John Piper's encouragement in grief. "There are nutrients that we draw out of seasons of suffering that are strengthening to the bones of our faith and sweetening to the marrow of our faith like we can’t get any other... Continue Reading →

Gardens, Grief, and Hope

For the 6-month anniversary of my father’s death, I went to visit my mom. She still lives in the home I grew up in with her, my father, and my brother. It is located in the desert: in the summer, the temperatures rise up to 110° F, and in the winters, it gets below freezing.... Continue Reading →

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