I hope you’re having a great summer! Now it’s my family’s turn! I’ll be on vacation and off the grid for the next eight days. I wanted to leave you with one of the most popular posts that I wrote last year. It struck a nerve with many people who read it. I’d love your thoughts too. It’s about Kelly my niece, her wedding and some things I learned after attending a wedding and a funeral. Here’s a happy little ending…Kelly and Nick have been married for almost a year now…and they’re now expecting a little baby! If you know someone attending a summer wedding…or funeral…I hope you’ll be inspired to pass it on. I think there’s little reminders in here for everyone.
Last Saturday, I went to my niece’s wedding. It was an event our family has eagerly been waiting for all summer long. Kelly Dale, the bride, was gorgeous and Nick Giuni, the groom (a San Clemente City Lifeguard) looked smashing! The next Monday, though, I attended a funeral. A wedding and a funeral in three days…that’s a whole lot of emotion! Each gathering was filled with beautiful moments, but for different reasons. Allow me to explain…
In my book, The Longing, I tell the story how chronic tendonitis in my wrists and the resulting depression kicked my butt. That’s right friends… K-I-C-K-E-D-MY-B-U-T-T!
If you’ve gone through difficult, dark periods in your life, you know how pain forces you to ask a number of difficult questions. Throw in a heavy fog of depression, like you’ve got a two-hundred pound Anaconda wrapped around your head, and that makes answering those questions even tougher.
Last Saturday, I went to my niece’s wedding. It was an event our family has eagerly been waiting for all summer long. Kelly Dale, the bride, was gorgeous and Nick Giuni, the groom, looked smashing! The next Monday, though, I attended a funeral. A wedding and a funeral in three days…that’s a whole lot of emotion! Each gathering was filled with beautiful moments, but for different reasons. Allow me to explain…
Socrates once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Today is Good Friday, 2011. A day to stop. Think. Remember. Examine our hearts. I’d like to share with you some simple Good Friday thoughts with you from the Book of Common Prayer.
I hope you will make these scriptures and reflections your prayer today as you remember God’s lavish love for you. Jesus Christ, going to the cross, for your sin and mine. Think about it.
[dc]A[/dc] number of years ago, following a number of discoveries I learned in the darkest chapter of my life, I wrote a book called The Longing: Embracing the Deepest Truth of Who You Are. Through many years of chronic pain and the resulting depression, I discovered God getting my attention in several areas of my life. My work. My marriage. My role as a father. My friendships. And my understanding of God and my personal relationship with Him.
I hope these words from Chapter One encourage you today.
If you struggle with chronic pain and depression (or know anyone who does), I hope you’ll be encouraged by this short video that tells my story. As I writer, I’ve wrestled with tendonitis in my wrists for over fifteen years and at times, chronic low back pain. Some seasons worse than others.