Keep It by Giving It Away

Keep It by Giving It Away

People who have gone through trauma often wish for things that seem impossible to have. In my darkest days, I thought I would never again have hope, joy, or peace. What seems out of reach to you? We all know that we can’t just decide to have these things, yet we so...
The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener

A couple of years ago I went through a training class to become a Care Giver, a person who comes alongside Care Receivers, or people in crisis. I learned how to support people going through divorce, facing a serious illness, experiencing a deep loss … and on and on.  ...
Who Has Walked in Your Shoes?

Who Has Walked in Your Shoes?

Sometimes when I sit down to write a blog post, the saddest phrases come to mind. Falling apart. Feeling of dread. Landscape of hopelessness. Sheesh. Shake it off, Sydney.   The fact is, these descriptions once fit my life and my state of mind. But I’ve taken back so...
A Time to Cry, a Time to Hope

A Time to Cry, a Time to Hope

When Rev. Margie Swenson reviewed my recently published book, Hope After Trauma and PTSD: Making Sense of the Pain, she wrote:   “This book is about the need to lament—to live in the grief and sorrow and not run from it—yet to lament with hope because of God’s...
When Circumstances Don’t Change

When Circumstances Don’t Change

I had a friend who gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. He seemed healthy in every way … at first. But soon the newborn was clearly in distress. Tests revealed that he had no liver. The heartbroken parents (there are no words) held him and loved him every minute of his...