Writings by Cole Huffman

Category: Loss

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Realism: Handle with Care

Colorado wildfires consumed inhabited acreage like the ground was covered with lighter fluid earlier this summer, and a then guy opened fire in a full suburban Denver movie theater. Tragedies are to be expected in a world east of Eden. Saying so is not calloused. It is realism—biblical realism. And yet realism is a thing that must be handled with care when reality is particularly harsh. This is not a scientifically verified opinion, but I gather from making my way in the world with others... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jul 21 | 0 comments
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How Do We React to the Death of Someone Who was "Kind of a Jerk"?

As a panelist at Faith in Memphis, I was invited last week to write on death with dignity, and did: http://faithinmemphis.com/2011/10/08/a-dignified-death-takes-some-preplanning/ .   The night before I turned in my post, Steve Jobs died after a long bout with pancreatic cancer.   And then Al Davis died this weekend past after a long bout with the NFL.   “Reaction” has become the word now to catch everyone’s—from family and close friends to the man-on-the-street—take on... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Oct 12
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One Year Later: In Memory

My mother-in-law, Gloria Simpson, died one year ago today.  Below was my church newsletter article for March, 2010: With every “Gloria in excelsis Deo” I heard and sung during Christmastime I thought of my mother-in-law, Gloria Simpson, and that she would soon hear angels singing this refrain-with-her-name in the very presence of God.   Preferably to flute music, the instrument Gloria played and taught for years.   Diagnosed with inoperable, incurable brain cancer in... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Mar 8
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