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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 »
Topics: H&D Psalms

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 »
Topics: H&D Psalms

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 »
Topics: H&D Psalms

The New Health & Development

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at August 21, 2012
Dear CCHF family,Welcome to the first electronic-only issue of Health and Development (H&D). Over thirty years ago, CCHF’s founders recognized the need for Christians working among the poor to exchange ideas and experiences. Since the first issue was published in 1979, H&D has been shepherded by a series of able editors, including Lance Loberg, David Caes, Jerry Stromberg, and, most recently, Steve Noblett.  For at least the next year, Wayne Detmer and I will be ... Read More »
Topics: H&D Relocation

Green Eggs and Lawndale

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at August 20, 2012
Almost twenty years ago my wife Lisa and I moved into a pretty rough neighborhood on the west side of Chicago. We didn’t have a great vision or strong sense of calling to the neighborhood, but it made practical sense for us; rent was cheap and we saw value in living where we were already building relationships. There were a few challenges, but in time we bought a house, met our neighbors, and settled into life here. From time to time we’re praised for living where we do, likely ba... Read More »
Topics: H&D Relocation

We're neighbors

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at August 20, 2012
Shortly after I moved into the upper 9th ward of New Orleans, I was awakened one night by the sound of angry voices from the street outside.  The predominant voice was male, with occasional enraged rebuttals from a female voice.  I was only able to catch an occasional word and many of those were profane. Irrationally, I feared that this man might somehow be directing his hostility toward me.  I spent more than an hour on my knees praying-- for my own safety and for God to bring... Read More »
Topics: H&D Relocation

Incarnational Marriage

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at August 20, 2012
My husband and I moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 2010 from San Antonio.  He had finished medical school and was getting reading to begin a residency in family medicine at the county hospital.  I had just finished my first year of teaching in the US after spending three years in Latin America.  We had moved, married, and begun new jobs within one very full month.  We began to get settled, and I contacted Catholic Charities about volunteer service opportunities.  An Engli... Read More »
Topics: H&D Relocation

Relocation and the Single Woman

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at August 20, 2012
My name is Janine and I’m a disciple of Jesus Christ.  I have been living and working in inner-city Memphis for the past year and I love it. Growing up in a middle-class suburb of Philly and being raised by believing parents, I experienced the blessings of having a good education and of being challenged to follow Jesus’ leading.  As a teenager, the Lord began directing me to people who had never heard the Gospel.  He led me toward medical training so I could m... Read More »

Leaving the Ledge

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at August 20, 2012
I’m convinced that what I’m doing is the right thing. This is what I’ve been taught and believed for over two decades; it’s finally time for me to practice what I’ve preached and prayed. I’m talking about relocating to the inner city Las Vegas neighborhood where I serve every week. My heart has been there, now it’s time to get fully immersed. Relocation may not be for everyone, but it’s for me.   Ironically, my close friends are are strongl... Read More »
Topics: H&D Relocation

The Effectiveness of Prayer in Mental and Spiritual Health

Posted by Kristy Tarrant at January 01, 2012
The practice of healthcare delivery to the marginalized in our society is a difficult and at times frustrating road to travel. How can you change the thinking of people to value health, care for themselves, have a concern for others and, most importantly, live their lives with God’s guidance when so many are consumed by their own hurts to the point of immobilization? We live in a society where anxiety, depression, chemical dependency and abuse in all its forms seem to be rising exponent... Read More »