Our God: He’s More than an Invisible Friend

By Eddie Capparucci, LPC, CSAS

As a child, I had an invisible friend who I called upon when I was feeling lonely, sad, or scared. He was a wonderful source of comfort and helped entertain me during times when I felt isolated. He made my loneliness disappear and I felt safe with him around.

untitledWhat I loved most about my invisible friend was his consistency. I didn’t need to worry about him disappointing me by not showing up. So often I felt disappointed by family members who didn’t provide me with the level of attention and affirmation I needed as a child. Not the case with my invisible friend, who was faithful in helping me get through uncomfortable times.

I wonder how many of us think of God as an invisible friend. Someone we can call on when we are facing stressful times or painful moments. We ask Him to remove our distress and provide us with comfort. “Be there for me when I feel alone,” is what we request. And, He certainly can deliver upon that appeal.

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The Challenges of Forgiveness

Forgiving people who have caused us trauma can be very difficult, especially for Christian who are often shamed or made to feel guilty because they struggle to forgive. I see this scenario play out every day in my private counseling practice as I assist individuals who struggle to forgive. forgiveness-1767432_1280-1

 This weekend I read one an excellent best book that describes what is and is not forgiveness. Below is a review.  

Simple yet powerful. That is the best way to describe the latest work Yvonne Ortega entitled “Moving From Broken to Beautiful Through Forgiveness”.

And that is exactly the journey Yvonne takes readers as she carefully breaks down the difficulties and confusion many people have when they think about forgiving those who have caused great hurt and pain. The prospect of forgiving someone who has inflicted severe trauma is never easy and many are left feeling guilty because of their inability to forgive.   Continue reading