Tag: death

Learning From Barry

  For nearly four decades, I’ve often been in the role of comforter—caring for those going through the death of a loved one.  As a pastor, I’ve been with hundreds of families before, during or after saying goodbye to a family member. But I learned something from Barry a few weeks ago that will help […]

He Lived the Message

  Two incredible men died nine days apart—February 22 and March 3, 2018. One was 99 and one was 88.  One was a world-renown pastor and evangelist. One was a local farmer and businessman. But they had many things in common and one thing can be said of both — “He lived the message.” Billy […]

A Legacy-Leaving Father In-Love

9 Months, 3 days ago, I published this blog post in honor of my father in-love, Fred Augsburger. THIS MORNING – January 30, 2017 @ 2:15AM, he heard the words, “Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant, Enter Into Your Eternal Reward.” WELCOME HOME!   *A Celebration of Life for Fred Augsburger will be held February 11, […]

Guest Blog: “I’m Not Available”

Last month, I posted my first guest blog. The very first since I launched the blog in 2012. I invited my sister Julia to write regarding the sudden passing of her 60 year old husband, Loren, a bit over a year ago. There were so many powerful responses and shares on social media to “God, Why […]

Shaken Faith

Last week I posted my first guest blog. The very first since I launched the blog in 2012. I invited my sister Julia to write regarding the sudden passing of her 60 year old husband, Loren, a bit over a year ago. There were so many powerful responses and shares on social media. My stat page showed it […]

God, Why Can’t I “FEEL” The Way I Used To?

I’m privileged to share this guest blog from sister, Julia Gingerich Wasson, who lives in Oregon. I am frequently moved to tears when reading her monthly email reflections to my parents and siblings. They are brim full of raw emotion, transparent breakthroughs and setbacks, along with incremental steps of movement toward renewal in the journey of deep grief and loss. As a […]

Easter: What Difference Does it Make?

  This week, all around the world, billions of people are celebrating Easter. It is the most celebrated event in history. We date our calendar by it. Every time you write a date, what is the reference point? The life and resurrection of Jesus Christ. All of history is divided into A.D. and B.C. by […]

Friday is the Road to Sunday

  In his book, Six Hours One Friday, Max Lucado writes this prose: The Cross. It rests on the time line of history like a compelling diamond. It’s tragedy summons all sufferers. It’s absurdity attracts all critics. It’s hope lures all searchers.   My what a piece of wood! History has idolized it and despised […]

Top 5 Posts in November

    I like to let you know the summary of the top five posts that people read and shared with others! In case you missed reading them, here they are for November: 1. Gratitude Unlocks the Fullness of Life 2. Visible But Overlooked 3. Five Regrets 4. Early Celebration Can Cost You 5. Leverage Gathering Launch (this gathering happens […]

Gratitude Unlocks the Fullness of Life

  This is a crazy conflicting week! Today, I am walking with a family through arguably the most horrific thing any human can experience—the death of their 5 year-old son in a traffic accident caused by the reckless decision of another driver. From leading a funeral for a kindergarten student in the morning to welcoming […]