Good Theology for Bad Days

(This post was originally published on the Baptist Convention of New England’s blog on February 7, 2020. You can find it here.)

God, You’re so good.

God, You’re so good.

God, You’re so good,

You’re so good to me.

I choked the simple chorus out on Sunday morning despite a lump rising in my throat. Weeks of waiting for the results of a major medical test numbed my ability to belt out the lyrics with the same gusto as those around me. Instead, a pitiful, broken string of truth fell quietly from my mouth, each word a salty tear.

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Processing Loss, Pt. 1

“I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.” 

(J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King)

Lent is approaching, and with it, reminders of this shadow world in which we live. Graves surround us, whether literal or figurative ones. Light is ever at war with the dark—oh, how we feel the struggle!

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Let every heart rejoice—we’ve survived January! It’s pastels and pretty florals from here on out. If the gloomy weather is pressing in on your soul, push back. Put the kettle on and build a fire. Cut heart-shaped marshmallows for your cocoa. Host a game night with some bosom buddies. Turn on those twinkle lights. Spend an evening with your journal and a great worship playlist. Whatever it is that will bring your heart around to truth and beauty, do it.

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