Filling the Empty Tomb

Chloe Last month, our cat Chloe was diagnosed with feline leukemia.  Two days later we had to put her to sleep.  She was too weak and debilitated. Six weeks earlier, Chloe had a routine checkup.  At that time the vet said she was in great health.  Losing her in three days’ time was stunning.  Our…

A (Not So) Happy Mother’s Day

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, a day when many of us celebrate our mothers and wives.  As tomorrow approaches, I am reminded of a number of people I know who have lost children–due to miscarriage, still birth, accidents or unexplained reasons.  Perhaps this is true of others who follow The Voice of One.  I cannot fathom such…

The Cross and the Departure of Glory

A deep sense of grief permeates Ezekiel’s account of the temple’s destruction. The loss felt by the Lord is poignantly expressed when He says, “Defile the temple, and fill the courts with the slain” (Ezek. 9:7).  Defile the temple?  Defile the place chosen out of all creation as a dwelling for God?  Why should the…

Cancer. Suicide. Grief.

“One Act” by Patrick Murphy My dad died of cancer nearly five years ago.  For some reason, I’ve been thinking about him, missing him, and grieving the last couple days. I’m a social worker by occupation.  I manage in-home caregiver services for people who are disabled and/or elderly.  On New Year’s Eve, one of my…