I like the predictable. I like a plan. I like to know what to expect. And when I’m faced with uncertainty and the unknown, I can’t do that and tension builds in me. I feel like I’ve been forced into a metal box; lid slammed shut and I’m trapped. I’m helpless! This season has been a time of testing for… Read More Nancy’s Story: Growing Faith in Uncertainty and the Unknown
From the beginning of the pandemic, I have taken this virus seriously. I went to a wedding the weekend that Illinois schools closed and then quarantined for two weeks in the event that I might have caught the virus. I didn’t want to inadvertently get anyone sick, especially my family. Even as things opened up, my husband and… Read More Clarissa’s Story: Pride and the Pursuit of Protection
The 2020 holiday season is here and I’m wondering, “Should we get together with family? What about friends? Will I get to be with my grandchildren?” We had plans for out-of-town guests to come for Thanksgiving, but that changed at the last minute because of a family member being exposed to COVID-19. Even though I know it… Read More Sandy’s Story: Battling Bitterness While Missing Family
Gaetano asked me to marry him on November 3, 2019. We had been awaiting this day since early on in our relationship—we knew that God was affirming our relationship from the start, despite the long-distance dating and complicated life circumstances. We were overjoyed and planned to get married five months later on April 5, 2020.… Read More Krista’s Story: Seeking Christ in the Midst of a COVID Wedding
My son and daughter-in-law live in another state so I don’t get to see them very often. They have a wonderful relationship with each other but Suzanne* has told me that she doesn’t like to talk on the phone, so it’s hard for us to develop our relationship. I try to stay connected by texting… Read More Margaret’s Story: Why Isn’t She Responding to Me?