What do you do when you are busy, over-worked, stressed, anxious, depressed, feeling down or just plain worn out? Is your first instinct to reach out to someone for support, encouragement, comfort, and companionship? Or do you tend to hunker down, keep to yourself, and trudge through whatever life has thrown at you until you can make it to the other side? For whatever reason, I’ve noticed a tendency among people throughout our community towards isolation when life gets tough. That is, when we feel down or depressed, we isolate ourselves. When......
Pain, struggle, hurt, grief, challenges, adversity, anguish, difficulty, suffering are all part of the journey along the road of life. Sometimes we seem to be on a stretch of road defined by these words more often than not. At other times, the road is clear, straight and easy-going. But even in such times, you can be sure that there will be more difficult terrain ahead at some point. One helpful perspective that people of faith have relied upon during times of struggle for centuries comes from Paul in the book of Romans:......