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Caregiving Basic: Preserve the Dignity of the Person

02/16/2016

What do we see as we care for a person who is suffering? Do you see that person as a burden, an irritation, an interruption, or an old needy person? As caregivers–whether we are caring for a co-worker who is going through a divorce, or a friend who has cancer, or caring-full-time for a spouse or parent–we need to remember that the person is first of all a child created by God.

You Don’t Look Sick

09/20/2015

Deanna Thompson has stage IV breast cancer and has written a book about her journey.  The book’s title is Hoping for More. Deanna’s insights are for everyone who has ever struggled with serious illness or loved someone who has, which means that this book is ultimately for everyone. “You don’t look sick,” was a common […]

Be There Even When You Do Not Want To Be There

09/16/2015

Jesus tells us, “Love your neighbor,” and he does not add: “when you feel like it.”

Deanna Thompson, Professor of Religion at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, has written a book about her journey with Stage IV breast cancer. The title of her book is Hoping for More: Having Cancer, Talking Faith, and Accepting Grace

In her book Deanna talks about the importance of being there for a friend who is suffering. Following is one example she gives:

322 Cards

08/11/2015

There is so much bad news—just listen to the news or read a paper.  Yes, there is so much bad news.  So I especially love to hear good news stories of individuals helping other individuals. Proverbs 17:7 says, “A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.”  I love the following […]

What Do You Fear?

07/28/2014

Ann’s voice on the phone was frantic:  “The doctors say my liver cancer is back and there’s nothing more they can do.  The whole family is wound up tight and nearly crazy.  Can you come and help us?” When I (Matt) arrived at Ann’s home, fear electrified the air.  I asked each family member a […]

Giving Room to Someone in Distress

02/05/2016

I read, on most days, an on-line devotional called, “Stillspeaking Devotional” from the United Church of Christ.  I like the name because it affirms that God is still speaking to us.  We just need to listen.  On April 20, the day’s devotion was titled, “The One Who Gives Us Room,” and the reflection was written […]

Why you shouldn’t say, “Well, At Least…”

07/20/2015

I say, “My marriage is in shambles.” You say, “At least . . .you have a marriage.” I say, “John flunked out of school.” You say, “At least . . . Sue is a good student.” I say, “I have cancer.” You say… “Well, at least it’s not the bad kind of cancer.” “At least you […]