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Songs of Joy in the Valley of Tears is a book for meditation and reflection on grieving experiences. It includes topics we commonly talk about as well as topics we tend to avoid.

Consisting of 84 poems with associated Scriptures, it’s designed to help those of us who mourn enter into Jesus’s presence and find the comfort he promised when he lived among us. (Matthew 5:4)

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  • Strength to Hang on a Little Longer
    On April 1, 2020, I wrote in my diary that social distancing and other restrictions to prevent the pandemic from spreading would be extended for 30 days. Along with most people, I never imagined the massive spread of disease and loss of life that would occur in the year ahead. In the eyes, speech, and … Continue reading
  • Finding the Grace to Grieve
    “Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17 NLT The pandemic which began in 2020 resulted in unimaginable and unexpected grief for the entire world. If you are one of the many … Continue reading
  • What did Christmas mean for Jesus?
    “Though he was God,     he did not think of equality with God     as something to cling to.  Instead, he gave up his divine privileges.” –Philippians 2:6-7 (NLT)     What Did Christmas Mean for Jesus? No words of mine are adequate To describe what it must have meant   For the God of this universe … Continue reading