Pain & Suffering

Giving Our Life to Dead Things

Waiting is the hardest part, sang the late, and pretty stinking great, Tom Petty. I’m feeling that lyric lately. I’m going through some major changes involving some brontosaurus-sized decisions. And, as you know, scientists have proven through complex formulations that change sucks. Even good change can stink up the bathroom. Most of my friends also

The Past Hurts

The people that hurt us leave scars. Curves of shiny thin skin that catch the tips of our fingers as we run them down our arms. They make us pause and rub them gently as we recall how we got them. If we’re not careful, we’ll look up to find the sun setting and wonder

Brain Pain Change

Cotton balls in my head. A loose affiliation of words lay between the cracks in my brain. I

Is Suffering Spiritual?

We Christians have an unhealthy relationship with suffering. If suffering itself weren’t awful enough, because of our screwed up ideas about it, our pride is often stabbed in the process. We either can’t imagine that any ill would come to we generally good and gentle folks, or that God would allow us, specifically, to suffer in

What About the Past?

I was talking with a friend today about the past. Not our past together, I mean the past. The dark places. The places with teeth. The dank, malodorous dungeons that we store our worst memories. The memories that are so bad we either pitch a tent there because we can’t look away, or turn from,