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.
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”
I’ll never forget the look on Patty’s face. What stays with me over a decade later is how embarrassed she looked. Was she embarrassed on my behalf? Yes, I was her pastor. Yes, I was in my church office on a Sunday morning after preaching and leading worship. Yes, my office door was propped open.Continue reading “Holy Three in One: Womanhood, Motherhood, and Priesthood”
This school year begins like no other in human history. It is August of 2020, and in the United States students are going back to school amidst a global pandemic. My child starts fifth grade on Monday as part of the Indianapolis public school district going 100% online. Thankfully, we are a 1:1 district whereContinue reading “The Good News About Online School”
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”
“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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
Our churches have a leadership crisis when it comes to power, money, and control. When power, money, and control are threatened, then church leaders risk behaviors that perpetuate toxic cycles of abuse. Decisions, policies, and behaviors that seek to protect the church may actually be driven by a fear of losing power, money, and control.Continue reading “Power, Money, and Control in the Church”
Your pastor and I both preached in my hometown on homecoming weekend about Jesus on Sunday, October 13, 2019. We did our best to share a message of compassion and hope to the people God entrusted to us at our two different churches across town from each other. My sermon was about the story ofContinue reading “An Open Letter to The Crossing Church”
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”
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”
As a Christian, a mother, and a pastor, my conscience will not allow me to remain silent about such things. Upon deep reflection and prayer I have come to the regrettable conclusion that the 45th President of the United States of America fits the definition of a child abuser. I do not come to thisContinue reading “Making America A Child Abuser”
On the third day of my Pastor’s Protest Fast I found myself staring at dozens of flattened out, deflated black football hides stitched together to make a haunting quilt that hangs on the white wall of the museum. Standing in the art gallery at Newfields in Indianapolis, I listened to the brilliant Kelli Morgan, AssociateContinue reading “Protest Fast Day Three”
My child asked me at dinner, “Mom, why aren’t you eating?” I sat in my usual spot at our round family dinner table while my family ate their dinner. My plate remained empty while theirs was filled with some favorite comfort foods: macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers and tater tots. Our evening meal time isContinue reading “Protest Fast Day Two”
Today I chose to fast from food and I am starting to feel hunger pangs. This empty feeling inside me is a longing. A physical longing for food, yes, but also a longing for justice. I am joining with other pastors for a three day protest fast in the state of Indiana because we allowContinue reading “Protest Fast: Day One”
Growing up as kids, payday Friday was Little Caesar’s pizza night. All you can eat, at least until the pie was gone and that came quick. With five kids (three of them teenage boys) the pizza didn’t last long. Those doughy, butter bathed bread sticks always filled me up even when the pizza was gone.Continue reading “Pastor’s Protest Fast”
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