Does Tragedy Really Make You Stronger?

By Edbert B In 2010, a powerful earthquake struck Haiti. I witnessed first-hand the damage and all the terrible human suffering that followed.  This experience impacted the way I now live my life and how I treat others.  It changed forever the way I see things.  Have you heard the expression, “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger”? Is this true? I have sometimes wondered if this is always the case. Would life be better without trials, without the sadness? Would a person be better off...
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Why Should I Forgive?

My life changed one summer evening, on August 16, 1992. I had gone fishing with my family, including my youngest brother Josh, two days before. My parents left that day for a weekend vacation to Salt Lake City. Josh and our cousin Gage were staying together in my parents’ home. I was supposed to watch them to make sure nothing happened to them. Josh, Gage, and their friend Andrew Wolford went to the local convenience store for some treats and a pop. When they were walking into the store, a young...
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Be Strong, and Know that I Am God

By Andrea B. Like all of us, I feel profoundly affected by the recent events of the Boston bombing. As I’ve tried to process such human tragedy, I have been moved by the overwhelming signs of love and support for the Boston community. One slogan that I have latched on to--which has become ubiquitous on buses, t shirts, Twitter accounts, and even the Red Sox Green Monster--is the phrase Boston Strong, truncated down to the charge to “B(e) Strong”. It is a clarion call to show resiliency in the f...
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Is Suffering Evidence that God Doesn’t Love Us?

By Scott H. On the evening of December 26, 2004, my wife and I sat in our Tokyo apartment lamenting the fact that we had procrastinated preparations for our dream vacation to a particular tropical island in Southeast Asia for the Christmas holiday. As we considered what adventures we might’ve been experiencing right at that moment had we just bought plane tickets a few weeks earlier, we were motivated to head immediately to our computer and make arrangements to go on the trip a few months lat...
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Truly Celebrating Christmas

I met Rachelle Morris on my first day of college, when she and her roommate energetically marched into my dorm room to help me put my bed on its metal risers. Thereafter, we cemented our bond with late-night chips and salsa consumption, intramural flag football games, and a shared love for Josh Groban’s exceptional voice—especially his rendition of “O Holy Night.” It only took a semester for us to know we would be friends forever. It has been over nine years since our friendship first for...
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