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Pre-order Blessed Union: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness and Marriage

Mental illness impacts at least a quarter of all blessed unions. In this new book by the author of Blessed are the Crazy, Sarah Griffith Lund opens up about depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in her own marriage and shares stories of other couples who have been impacted by mental illnesses such as addiction, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, postpartum depression, schizophrenia, suicidality, and more.

Using traditional marriage vows as a framework for the book, Blessed Union explores the challenges of loving in the midst of mental health challenges, why it happens, what we can do about it, and how our faith is connected to mental illness. This book reminds us that we are not alone and invites us to break the silence around marriage and mental illness.

Book includes a guided journal section, with a dozen blank pages and prompts for deeper reflection.

God of the Depressed

On Tuesday, January 19, I offered a prayer on the steps of the Indiana State House as part of a community interfaith prayer service. The invitation said they needed a woman faith leader who could pray as all the dozen or so faith leaders speaking so far were men. I offered this prayer as aContinue reading “God of the Depressed”

PTSD and the COVID19 Vaccine

Don’t let PTSD keep you from getting your shot. Today I needed lots of emotional support to prepare for my first COVID-19 vaccine. I worked all day fighting off my fears and anxieties. I scolded myself for having irrational thoughts. I spent hours reading the latest research about vaccine safety. I felt ashamed about feelingContinue reading “PTSD and the COVID19 Vaccine”

The Rape of Lady Democracy

Trigger warning: references sexual assault::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: On the evening of January 6, 2021, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi referred to the US Capitol building as the “temple of democracy.” As a Christian, I’ve been taught that my body is a temple. Part of what I am feeling the day after the assault on our democracyContinue reading “The Rape of Lady Democracy”

The Year I Became A Child

As the youngest of five children, part of me believed what I was told: I was the baby of the family. There’s only one problem with that: I wanted nothing to do with a helpless, crying, needy creature. I worked hard to prove this label false. If my older brother was afraid to jump offContinue reading “The Year I Became A Child”

A Haunting Hope

How can we hold onto hope when we are haunted by the past? Choose your haunting. The year 2020 alone provides plenty of personal, national, and global hauntings to choose from. Is it the carefully tended to death of your elderly loved one under the care of hospice that haunts you? Is it the horrificallyContinue reading “A Haunting Hope”

God is Still Listening

In my faith tradition we often say “God is still speaking.” If God is still speaking, then what is God saying? Where do we hear the voice of God today? I hear God shouting in the streets. I hear God advocating for justice. I hear God demanding equality. Right now I need a God whoContinue reading “God is Still Listening”

A Father’s Day Love Story

This is not an ordinary love story. We begin with death. My father is dead. He died homeless and disabled. At first, my father’s death brought me comfort because his life made me uncomfortable. Months before his death, I traveled to the heart of Jerusalem and prayed for my father to find peace. I wantedContinue reading “A Father’s Day Love Story”

The Deadliest Virus

“Grandma, what do you think of…?” This is how most conversations began with my 99 year old grandmother. Alert and thoughtful, she read the newspaper every day until the day she died. I wish I could ask her now, “Grandma, what do you think of what happened to George Floyd?” “Grandma, what do you thinkContinue reading “The Deadliest Virus”

Mental Health Pandemic

There’s good news and bad news. First the bad news. COVID-19 is infecting our brains. Even if you don’t test positive for the virus, it’s making us all, even the uninfected, mentally sick. It’s safe to say the mental infection rate is nearly one hundred percent. Our mental health depends on three primary areas: strongContinue reading “Mental Health Pandemic”

Global Anxiety Pandemic

Right now we are living through a global anxiety pandemic. This situational anxiety is the result of the COVID19 global pandemic. If you haven’t already, now is the time to look to mental health experts and to people with lived experiences in recovery from anxiety. These people are heroes, too. In my family, we areContinue reading “Global Anxiety Pandemic”

Disabilities and the #MeToo Movement

The L’Arche USA reports an internal investigation confirms founder Jean Vanier committed decades long patterns of spiritual and sexual abuse. The L’Arche is a community model of serving people with disabilities. So far, none of the known survivors of Vanier’s abuse are identified as people with disabilities. However, there is a possibility yet to beContinue reading “Disabilities and the #MeToo Movement”

Dear Emma, It’s Jesus

The cover of the February 3, 2020, issue of TIME magazine tells us of the coming YOUTHQUAKE. How the world will change when a new generation leads based on a new book by Charlotte Alter called, The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For. Reading through the articles I had to re-read this open letter to the elders by Emma Gonzalez, 20Continue reading “Dear Emma, It’s Jesus”

Guardians of Sweet Boys

I wonder if Mary and Joseph were guardians of a sweet boy. The Bible is pretty quiet about Jesus’ childhood. I wonder if baby Jesus’ sweetness stuck around during his boyhood. My hunch is that the big-hearted man who shared compassion and love with the hungry, widowed, and poor started out as a big-hearted boy.Continue reading “Guardians of Sweet Boys”

World Mental Health Day Prayer

God who created the heart and the mind, heaven and earth, in the beginning of creation You said it was good. But what about when “good” no longer describes how we feel? What about the times when we feel bad, low, lost, alone, anxious, scared, hurt, sad, depleted, hollow, dull, lifeless, listless, haunted, depressed, worthless,Continue reading “World Mental Health Day Prayer”

Invisible Hurricanes

Living on the east coast of Florida as a new bride in 2006, and then as a new mom in 2009, I paid extra close attention to any mention of a hurricane brewing offshore. We happily moved in 2014 back to the Midwest before any big ones hit our coastal home. Yet, I’ve realized thatContinue reading “Invisible Hurricanes”

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