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Health & Development - Psalms

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at December 04, 2012
Wherever the Psalter is abandoned, an incomparable treasure vanishes from the Christian Church. With its recovery will come unsuspected power. – The Psalms | The Prayer Book of the Bible by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, page 26. I suspect that most members of the CCHF community would welcome some unsuspected power from God. Our work of living out the gospel through health care among the poor carries us from joy to despair-and to every emotion in between. This issue of H&D is about the Book o... Read More »
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God’s Songbook to Educate, Encourage & Equip His People

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at December 03, 2012
Recently during CCHF’s week of prayer, a Divine appointment brought an ill-looking young lady to Good News Community Health Center in Portland, for treatment of open skin abscesses.  She was referred by our local hospital, having no medical insurance or means to pay.  Her heroin addiction had led to the loss of her job, her home, and the  custody of her 3 year old daughter. She had recently been released from jail, while her boyfriend remained incarcerated.  A broken... Read More »
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Giving Voice to Our Pain

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at December 03, 2012
Healthcare workers stand at the gates to life and death. We welcome newborn babies into the world and assist at the bedside of someone dying. We are frequently present when suffering and pain occurs in the lives of those under our care. In the Bible, people who experienced great suffering and loss somehow held onto their faith and hope in God. Their intimate conversations with God in times of grief, anger, and doubt offer help to us today. Specifically, the lament or complaint psalms give v... Read More »
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“JESUS WEPT”

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at December 03, 2012
I. IntroductionAs creative pieces go, the assignment probably didn’t classify as “high art” but it was quite striking and beautiful. The triptych (a three-paneled altar piece) was simple in construction and style, but the images were arresting and unexpected. On the furthest left panel was a woman in scrubs. In the middle was a loving Madonna, Mary the mother of Jesus, holding a baby. As I recall, the furthest panel was a hospital bed, with a female figure lying in it. If on... Read More »
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The One Enthroned in Heaven

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at December 03, 2012
The Psalms of Ascent, chapters 120-134, are fifteen hymns for pilgrims journeying to the Holy City,  Jerusalem. From the very beginning, these sacred travelers are aware that their path is hazardous; danger surrounds them.  But throughout their journey, the pilgrims are certain of one thing – their God, the One enthroned in heaven, is with them. I lift my eyes to You, the One enthroned in heaven.  Like a servant’s eyes on her mistress’s hand, so our eyes are ... Read More »
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The Davidic Psalms; Truth Read Through Spiritual Trifocals

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at December 03, 2012
Fully half of the 150 lyrical poems that make up the Book of Psalms were penned by King David. In nearly all of those 75 compositions, Jesus Christ is present, sometimes as a faint shadow and other times as a towering figure. The connection between King David and King Jesus begins in the Book of 2 Samuel. After years of running for his life, David was established by all twelve tribes of Israel as King in Jerusalem.  After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him re... Read More »
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Lamentation of a Melancholy Soul

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at December 03, 2012
I sit alone in the blackened pit of despair, Void of joy, Void of peace and Filled with inexpressible pain. I cry out to God for relief, But relief doesn’t come.   And I feel abandoned, even by God. Daily I am bathed by angels of death― Saturated with tainted & bitter water. My soul is in decay. I bury my face in my hands. Fear and shame are my constant companions. Time & experience have unveiled an awful truth: The rot of depression possesses my soul, Only suffering thri... Read More »
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