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Job chapter 1 and 2 surveys the heartrending account of Job’s loss. First, he loses his material wealth and possessions, and then he learns that all of his children died in a desert windstorm. There are still terms that lack in our world. For instance, there is a word to describe the loss of ones parents; an orphan—there is a word to describe the loss of a spouse; a widow—but, there is not a word in the English language to describe a parent who suffers the loss of a child. Certain experiences go against the grain of normality—I cannot begin…

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). I know all about having life completely turn your world upside down. I know the feeling of sheer terror as tragedy strikes and you are left with the remnants of what could have been. I’ve been in the valley that seems to stretch for miles with no end in sight. I also know all about that unexplainable peace from God that covers you like a blanket in the midst of all of that. I have been told devastating news by…

“When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her”  (Ruth 1:18 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.) The Book of Ruth is a small book (only 4 chapters) in the Old Testament. It is the story of a young widow who chose by faith to follow the God of her mother-in-law, Naomi, instead of the gods of her ancestors. Ruth put her life on hold to care for the needs of her mother-in-law. In reading the book of Ruth again, I realized that Naomi and her family were…