Encouragement & Healing
In the classic allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress, the main character, Christian, tumbles into the miry bog, the “slough of despond,” and struggles to get free. But the heavy burden on his back pulls him in deeper, and he begins to sink.
This image pictures what it feels like when we’re sinking in difficult circumstances—when our debts outweigh our income, when past hurts won’t heal, when discontentment marks our relationships, and when the light of heaven seems distant and dim. Discouragement, despondency, pain, suffering—these miry pits along life’s journey can pull us down into our own “slough of despond.”
Christian’s rescue came by the hand of a fellow traveler named Help . . . and the same is true for you today. Use these resources to find encouragement and healing for your own life . . . or to minister help to those you find along life’s journey.
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What happens when the bottom drops out of your life? Colleen Swindoll points you to the words of Jeremiah to find the answer. The prophet was surely a man in crisis, having to watch his beloved nation carried away to captivity, despite his best efforts and pleas for change. Draw comfort from his words and example as he chose to look to the Lord...
Chuck Swindoll discussed this serious and heart-wrenching topic with Dave Carder, a licensed professional counselor at the First Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton, California. Chuck asked Dave some pointed questions that provide some guidelines on how to respond to such an experience.