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Suffering & Pain

By Dr. John Neufeld | May 26, 2023

Psalm 102 (ESV) contains a heading.  It says, “A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord.”  Before the opening line, Psalm 102 already signals us that this will be a plaintiff cry.  This is the Psalm of one who is suffering.  Indeed, the suffering has been…


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Normal Is Gone

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Down the Hall

Some years ago, I had to make an emergency trip back to Ontario. That’s where I was born and raised, where my parents were still residing. Mom had a series of health issues and was in medical crisis. She was facing the final stages of infirmity that are often twinned to 87 years of living.…


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