All posts tagged: loss

His Desire for You

Read Ezekiel 18:24-32 A year of loss has me musing on the brevity of life. Age and health guarantee nothing. The unhealthiest of us live forever it seems; the youngest of us die before life begins. Death is sometimes senseless. It is mysterious. Spiritual death, which is the consequence of sin, is no less mysterious and the Prophets have much to say on the topic. The exchange between God and Israel in Ezekiel 18:25 addresses spiritual death and is an uncomfortable read. Israel: The way of the Lord is not right. God: My way not right? Is it not your ways that are not right? Essentially, Israel deems God’s judgement unfair. They were dying for their own sins and the sins of their fathers. It must have seemed immensely unfair to suffer for someone else’s sins. After all, they were God’s chosen people. Didn’t that exempt them? Nonetheless, God pleads with Israel to turn from wickedness and walk in his way. He reveals his heart. “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone …

On Grief and Genuine Prayer

Death sharpens the senses. Stars don’t sparkle; they burn. The crescent moon doesn’t arc over unnoticed; it glows, suspended in time over the sparkling dark ocean or the sleeping neighborhood.┬áLike the moon you notice for the first time in a long time, you wish time would rewind and then suspend midair. Seventeen days ago, an emergency rattled me, and I began to pray unceasingly. I prayed while eating breakfast, while pushing the stroller, while driving to the store, and while washing dishes. I prayed in the quiet moments. I prayed in the busy moments. I prayed like my prayers were medicine. For those who also prayed, thank you. Though she slipped away from us, God is good. Though she slipped away, God taught me to pray, and for that I am grateful. I’ve never prayed unceasingly, and at just the right time, God gave me these four words: adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. These four words – printed on a Bible study worksheet – revived my relationship with God. I am no stranger to “urgent …