David: “If Only I Had Died Instead…” (Vannoy)

King David's son Absalom died a pretty tragic and brutal death. In his desire to take over his dad's throne, Absalom gained support and gathered up an army. He went East to fight David's forces who had fled from Jerusalem to the other side of the Jordan River. It was a civil war in which… Continue reading David: “If Only I Had Died Instead…” (Vannoy)

When A Daughter Dies (Martin Luther)

In 1542 Martin Luther's thirteen-year-old daughter Madeleine (Magdalena) became very ill. In September of that year, while Luther was in Leipzig he was called home because Madeleine had taken a turn for the worse and was nearing death. It was a very difficult time for Martin and his wife Katherine; there wasn't much they could… Continue reading When A Daughter Dies (Martin Luther)

Going Through Grief with the Family of God (Sittser)

One of my favorite resources on grief and sorrow in the Christian life is "A Grace Disguised" by Jerry Sittser. Jerry lost his daughter, wife, and mother in a single car crash. The story is beyond sad. But the story has Christian hope in it as well. The book isn't a theology of suffering. It's… Continue reading Going Through Grief with the Family of God (Sittser)

When Grief Goes Too Far (Flavel)

After Saul's kingship seriously goes down the drain, the Lord rejects Saul as king over Israel. You can read the story in 1 Samuel 15. At the end of this story, Samuel grieves over Saul. In fact, Samuel's grief or mourning is noted twice - once in 1 Samuel 15:35 and also 1 Samuel 16:1.… Continue reading When Grief Goes Too Far (Flavel)

The Good In Sorrow (!?!)

I certainly don't know all the thoughts and feelings of other Christians as they've suffered hard through trial and affliction. But I do know that some Christians have remarked that God blessed them greatly during their suffering. Sometimes when we suffer we experience the comforting presence of God in an unexplicable way. Other times God's… Continue reading The Good In Sorrow (!?!)