My senior year of high school started out with transition and change, just not the kind you have been planning for since your freshman year. I had just moved to a new church on my own without my mom but with her blessing. I was excited about all the new opportunities, friendships, and involvement a church in the UPCI could offer. A month or so into this transition, I was having dinner with some of the youth. It was just a normal night for me. I got home around 9:00 p.m. to hear the phone ringing. When I answered, there was a man on the other end telling us my brother had been arrested and there was a problem during transport. They had him at the local hospital and we needed to come as soon as possible.
We drove for what … Read More »
Suffering. It’s a word no one likes to hear. No one jumps up and down with joy when they’re faced with a hard situation. Everyone on this planet will suffer at one point or another. Either you have already faced suffering, you currently are, or you will. Because of the fallen world in which we live, suffering is unavoidable. Even Jesus Himself was heartbroken, hurt, persecuted and ultimately died on a cross to pay a debt He never owed. Of course this was hard for Him, just as our suffering is hard for us. He was manifest in the flesh so He felt each emotion we feel from day to day. But He lived His life in a way that displayed peace, grace, love, and trust in the fact that everything would turn out okay.
Suffering has many faces: emotional suffering, … Read More »