Diagnosis In 2019, when my daughter Reese was in kindergarten, she was suddenly and unexpectedly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on a Friday in March. We spent the weekend in a local children’s hospital, discharged on Sunday with an expensive pharmacy bill and a very rough understanding of how to replicate the work of our daughter’s now defunct pancreas. On … Read More
Relationality, Mental Ill-health, and the Coronavirus
Humans are divinely created as relational creatures, and when things like pandemic-induced and government-enforced social isolation interfere with that creational reality, our well-being and mental health suffer.
Richard Edlin shares his thoughts on how recognition of our relational nature might allow Christians to share hope with others.
Hope in a Time of Crisis
A friend recently shared this wonderful quote from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings:
Frodo: “I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.”
Gandalf: “So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”
So, how should we respond to times of crisis?
A Difficult Time When Fears and Change Impact Our Lives: Politics, Science, Education, and Values
Change may impact our lives in powerful ways, causing our welfare, joys, and safety to seem at risk from challenging new realities in our lives. That seems the case in many aspects of the current political season – global shifts in values cause new perceptions regarding gender, social behavior, and educational efforts to name a few of the issues in … Read More
Praying for Joy, Patience, and Faithfulness
Three things I could be better at. Jesus made it clear that the two most important things a human can do is love God with everything we’ve got and love every neighbor along our path. Paul, in his two longest letters makes two beautiful and powerful attempts to define/describe love — in 1 Corinthians 13 and here in Romans 12. … Read More
The Intersection of Lament and Hope
One of the great things about working in education is experiencing first hand the excitement of a new school year. Yes, I know not everyone is enthusiastic about summer’s end, but generally speaking, the buzz of a new year and a fresh start is invigorating. For some however, many events of this past summer cast a dim shadow on the … Read More
Praying for Hope
I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is … Read More