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    The inexplicable mysteries of life – take courage

    By Dave Henning / October 10, 2019

    “In our suffering, and in life’s inexplicable mysteries, we can take courage.  We may never be able to answer all of the hard questions.  But think about it — the very fact that the evil in our world feels wrong and unjust, that sense we have that life should restore, uplift, and renew– that itself […]

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      Build relational bridges – lament crucial

      By Dave Henning / October 7, 2019

      “No matter where you find yourself politically or theologically, we can all humble ourselves to the point of lamenting with others.  In fact, lament is crucial if we want to build relational bridges with the gospel — if we want to authentically display and declare God’s love to a hurting people.”- Aubrey Sampson In Chapter […]

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        Surface for air – God waits until I’m able

        By Dave Henning / September 26, 2019

        “God has waited patiently with me in the midst of my anger and questions, faithful and unchanging.  He waits until I’m able to surface for air, waits to help me see glimpses of goodness.”- Aubrey Sampson “God does not punish those who remonstrate or rise up against him; rather, he gives sustenance to those who […]

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          The fires of sorrow – finding yourself

          By Dave Henning / September 24, 2019

          “The only way to find yourself is in the fires of sorrow.  Why it should be this way is immaterial.   The fact is that it is true in the Scriptures and in human experience,  You can always recognize who has been through the fires of sorrow and received himself, and you know that you […]

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            The ‘why’ of suffering – no firm answer

            By Dave Henning / September 22, 2019

            “The Christian gospel tells us more of the meaning of sin than suffering. . . .  To the ‘why’ of suffering we get no firm answer.  Of course, some suffering is easily seen to be the result of our sin: war, assault, poverty amidst plenty, the hurtful word.  And maybe some is chastisement.  But not […]

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              Inward Journey – on the other side

              By Dave Henning / September 21, 2019

              “On the other side of the Inward Journey, ‘we are on the way to more complete healing, which entails a deeper awareness of our weaknesses.  We can hear, see, touch, and smell the God of our salvation.  We are becoming intimate with God in the fullest sense of the word intimate.”- Aubrey Sampson, citing Janet […]

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                God sings a louder song – back to a place of hope

                By Dave Henning / September 16, 2019

                “God sings a louder song than suffering ever could, a song of resurrection, renewal , restoration, and re-creation.”- Aubrey Sampson “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud […]

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                  Our biggest obstacle to lament

                  By Dave Henning / September 15, 2019

                  “Oftentimes our biggest obstacle to lament (besides not knowing enough about it) is that we don’t know if it’s okay to complain to God.  We’re told by Paul to ‘rejoice in the Lord always.’ . . .  How do we follow that command and simultaneously lament?  How do we praise God and complain to God […]

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                    The invitation of suffering – can I accept?

                    By Dave Henning / September 14, 2019

                    “Can I accept the invitation of suffering?  I understand now what the invitation is.  In our pain, God invites us to express our grief about the unraveling of life.  At the same time, we are invited to unabashedly, unashamedly declare that we want it back.  No more . . . pretending.  Just the naked self, […]

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                      Lament – pour out your heart

                      By Dave Henning / August 4, 2019

                      “God never allows his people to curse; he encourages them to lament.  God doesn’t expect us to bottle up our hurt and our fear, suppressing it unnaturally; he encourages us to turn toward him and pour out our hearts.”- Tina Boesch With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse […]

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                        No More Faking Fine: Ending the Pretending

                        By Dave Henning / April 19, 2017

                        No More Faking Fine: Ending the Pretending (Zondervan, 2017) International speaker and writer Esther Fleece recently completed No More Faking Fine: Ending the Pretending.  In her book, Ms. Fleece uncovers the biblical language of lament.  Esther describes lament as a real-world way to deal with our raw emotions that moves us forward to healing.  Furthermore, […]

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                          Hearing a new song of praise

                          By Dave Henning / April 18, 2017

                          “You will know you’re coming through a lament when you begin to hear a new song of praise.”- Esther Fleece “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.  Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in Him.”- Psalm 40:3 Esther Fleece concludes Chapter 11 […]

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