Dr. Jeffrey Long studied the stories of 3,000 people who have had near death experiences.
The doctor turned to me. "Did you know she had been considering suicide?" Unable to speak, I simply shook my head. I had seen marks on her wrists a few weeks before, and she had said something about scissors.
Dear Anna, there will be Christian voices that will say you need to stay with Josh. They will tell you that you should forgive him. But Anna, you don't have to stay to forgive. I can't tell you what you should or shouldn't do, but I can tell you, and every woman in your situation, that you have choices.
Life is about learning the lesson of who you are and who the people around you are... But ultimately how you answer those questions depends on who you believe God to be. If you believe God to be the Great Judger, that has an effect on how you treat other people. And yourself. But when you start to see God as the Great Lover, the world changes.
With an empty kitchen and nowhere to turn, Dahlia said she called nonprofit God's Love We Deliver out of desperation. Now
Growing up, my understanding of God was always tainted by a negative framing. Through Sunday schools and Friday sermons, I learned that God was watching me, but only later on in life I understood that God was watching over me-- two very different things.
God does not want us to live in an environment where mass shootings happen -- and happen far too often. I do not believe this is the way God intends for us to live. God's vision for earth is a reign of justice and peace. God's desire for humanity is to love and live in harmony.
"God is not interested in morality or family values or issues. ... God is interested in reckless, transforming, surprising, undeserved, eternal, unconditional, socially unacceptable love for all sons and daughters."
In the end, we may find that in the light of God's love, we are mere toddlers. We're not sure of the words we speak. We're not sure we know what we mean when we say love.
As we begin our religious observances this week, I hope that we will keep in mind the Maureens and Megans among us: dear to God even in death, but so deserving of a life of here on earth.