J. Marshall Jenkins

Author, Therapist, Spiritual Director

HALT, Welcome, and Be Welcomed

Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy (Matthew 5:7). Participants in Alcoholics Anonymous keep an eye on themselves with the acronym, HALT, which stands for, “Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired.”  That experience cues them to call the sponsor, go to a meeting, or otherwise take care of themselves.  HALT raises the risk of […]

Mourner, Reclaim Christmas

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4). Healing processes are not pretty until the end.  A cut on the hand takes you through pain, bleeding, scabbing, and scarring before it clears up.  Grief, too, goes through awkward or ugly phases like denial, anger, bargaining, and deep sadness before acceptance comes.  […]