Remembering Pulse Nightclub Five Years Later

Today Is the fifth anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. It happened early on a Sunday morning. I remember the day of the week because I woke up to the tragedy as I was getting ready for worship, and it changed the trajectory of what we did and said that morning.  It was also the day of the Tony Awards--the year that Hamilton would sweep those awards, its cast performed ...

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The Power of Remembrance

On this Memorial Day weekend, in the midst of the excitement (and anxiety) of being able to gather once again for barbecues, float trips and pool gatherings, let us not forget to remember. To remember those who gave their lives in service and to acknowledge the power of remembrance. If you know someone who has lost a loved one in service to our country, reach out this weekend. One of the ...

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We Remember

Naming our grief and remembering those who have left us play an important role in our efforts to be whole and healing human beings. Praying with and for those who are grieving is part of what it means to be children of God dwelling in community (whatever form that community may take). Today we join together in remembering those we have lost and praying for others who have lost ...

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Thank God for Chrissy Teigen

Last night the cookbook author, television host and Instagram queen Chrissy Teigen lost her baby. Jack would have been the third child for Teigen and her husband John Legend. Like everything else in her life, Teigen put it right out there on Instagram for the world to see. While most of the comments have been supportive, heartfelt--including many by women who have suffered the same loss, some have criticized Teigen ...

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Rituals at Home–Remembrance and Mourning

When we suffer a loss, it's important to recognize and honor that loss. With the current restrictions around gathering together, many are being robbed of that critical piece of the grieving process. Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing ideas for rituals to remember those we have lost when we aren't able to participate in larger ceremonies and observances. I hope you'll share your ideas as well. Note: ...

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The Pain of Pregnancy Loss

Today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Losing a baby is a devastating experience, and it's only been in the last few years that people have begun to recognize that the loss of a baby who never made it to birth can be just as painful a loss as that of a child born during or shortly after birth. We in the Western world are finding new ways ...

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WTH God?

I'm having one of those what-the-hell-God days. I like to believe that I'm pretty good at trusting God. At knowing that even in the darkest times, God is in the midst of it...somewhere. Even when I can't see it or feel it, I can trust that God is there. But then there are days that leave you asking God, "What the hell is up with this?" A bright 30-something light ...

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