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Resurrection happens in the flesh and blood of our woundedness

Our conversation began innocently — two middle-aged men, having just met, swapping stories about work and travel. But without warning "John" plunged into deeper waters.

He began detailing his previous five years, a spiraling descent into chaos: working 18 hours a day, neglect of family and friends, a business that went south, deteriorating health. He tumbled into depression, each day further dissolving his faith, psyche and marriage — until there was nothing left. Now he is alone.

But his lack of bitterness was arresting. So, too, was his honesty about his responsibility for his pain.


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