Archive for the ‘PTSD’ Category

When Terror Strikes, What More Can the Church Do?

April 22nd, 2013 No Comments

I typically am not susceptible to nightmares, but this week, the national news snuck into my dreams with SWAT teams patrolling my safe Iowa farm while my young boys played cards with their dad and me on our living room floor. I awoke as the young man, who had just parked his 1970s style Mercury Marquis on our driveway, removed an assault rifle from the front passenger seat then walked toward the front door of our


Maslow’s Interruption

October 9th, 2012 No Comments
Spring flowers show how Maslow's Hierarchy relates to PTSD.

Although I can’t remember all of the details surrounding the event, I will never forget the moment that Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs suddenly came to life for me.  Perhaps because I grew up singing, “Love is Something You Do” from some “Pass it On” era song collection, I’d developed the perspective that once a person “gets saved,” she will be injected automatically with the ability to love everyone.  Most of my life, that distortion was