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We Often Suffer, But Are Never Crushed

blog pic 05-23-17Have you ever went through a trial so arduous, so burdensome, so trying and infuriating and exhausting you literally have no clue as to how to handle it? I have, I can tell you, and it’s a dreadful path to tread, for certain.

Perhaps you’re going through one right now. If so, please know I feel for you, and am so sorry you have to face this, but would like to remind you that you don’t have to face this alone. There are many people who have been through the same and possibly worse, and they’ll tell you: “Keep your chin up, keep your sense of humor and keep going. You’ll get through this, for certain.”

The thing is, you just can’t quit. I mean seriously, “Failure is not an option,” as they used to say at NASA. There are certain strategies you can implement when going through your own personal hell, but I’ll leave that for another blog. Some work and some don’t, but let me reassure: nothing is impossible with God. You will survive this emotional (or physical or financial or spiritual) avalanche, even though it may feel so utterly stifling it’s difficult to breathe.

If you’d like to share your burden with someone who’s been through his own hell, please do so. My e-mail address is, and I would love for you to send me a message about your particular situation, if you feel so inclined. I assure you I will not share your information with anyone, and I’ll pray for you.

I’ve survived multiple surgeries, a suicide attempt, a seizure which stopped my heart, many lonely nights in a hospital, years of depression and even more years of chronic pain, and I’m still here. I’m still doin’ my best to give the devil what-fer, as the old timers used to say.

Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.” Rabindranath Tagore.

One of the many things I’ve learned is I’m stronger than I ever give myself credit for.

We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don’t know what to do, we never give up. In times of trouble, God is with us, and when we are knocked down, we get up again (II Corinthians 4:8-9).”

I once wrote a song, called “Wicked Nightmares,” which said, “I clench my fist and shout into this netherworld abyss.” The chorus went like this: “Jesus save me from these wicked nightmares / because I have never been so scared / I see the power of the wise / and the beauty in their eyes / Lord I pray You breathe Your love on me.” This song speaks of a gritty determination to keep going, even in the face of death.

Let’s accept the fact that our current adversity may slow us down but it’ll never stop us. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

Or, to quote Winston Churchill: “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in...”

Many blessings. Talk to you soon.


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