Holly Stratton

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Category archives: Suffering

Holiday Light: When Real Hurt Collides With A Real Healer

It's in the deep where we're coached to set aside our oversized face masks along with childish pride that has us creating commotion to draw attention, craning our neck to seek affirmation, and crying out to secure admiration. It's in the deep where we're coached in the art of controlled breathing that carefully inhales grace and exhales love— where we're coached to calmly put our head down and confidently glide forward for God's glory and not our own. Read more

A Love That Is Too Warmly Proactive To Be Coldly Reactive

For the Christian nothing has the power to pump life into the hurting heart more than the blood of our Savior who has secured it—  a merciful Savior whose unfailing love beats for us with rhythms of exultation that defy all rhymes of reason considering the state of our knotted and gnarled selves. Read more

When Sin Shocks: Savoring the Savior in Our Sorrowing

Jesus didn't suffer on the cross any more severely for that beloved child, or that spouse, or that friend who disappoints us with the ugliness of sinful choices than he suffered there for us. He didn't sorrow in agony any more deeply for that respected pastor, that teacher, or that leader who devastates us with some revelation of sin than he sorrowed for us. Read more