Faith and Illness: Theodicy and PTSD

There is no safe space in the world. Not your neighborhood. Not your home. Neither the middle of the forest nor the middle of the city. Not your favorite vacation spot. Not your beloved church. No place — familiar or foreign — is absolutely guaranteed to be safe. (There aren’t really safe people either. “For… Read More

Faith and Illness: Living with IBS and Hyper-mobile Joint Syndrome

The first time I realised my digestive system worked differently to others I was probably in my teens. I had grown up expecting that every so often things would either stop or go into overdrive, to me this was just normal. Fast forward to my early 20s, expecting my first child – and suddenly it… Read More

Faith and Illness: Sabbath, being still, and chronic illness

I write this from my bed, recovering from my second surgery in a year for endometriosis.  I function pretty well most of the time, save for the week or 10-12 days per month that I am in crippling pain.  Endometriosis is a nasty disease in which uterine tissue grows outside the uterus and attaches itself to… Read More

Faith and Illness: Passing Through the Waters

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:2-3a These verses… Read More