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An Easter Reflection


by Reverend Beverly Zell It’s hard for me to talk about Easter without speaking of Lent. Growing up it was strictly a Catholic practice and since we were radically protestant we skipped all the darkness of Lent in the rush to Easter. My first encounter with Lent occurred in my early 30s while attending a […]

Thank You Power


Today I received in the mail a hand written thank you note! This is a most unusual event and one to be celebrated. I was so impressed by the gesture that the note now occupies a place on my desk. Many years ago, a business guru, Tom Peters ranked writing a thank you note to […]

Tell People What You Need


If you are going through a difficult time, please do not be afraid to tell others what you need or want. People will respond with amazing generosity. Friends and family often want to help, but don’t know how. If you let them know specific ways they can help, you will be doing them, as well […]

Someday I Will


“Someday is not a day of the week.”  — Unknown We are surrounded by people who need our care. The problem is too often our hearts say “go” but our heads say “no” and we procrastinate. I procrastinate. Do you? Too often I follow the words of Mark Twain who said, “Never put off until […]

The Fixers Can’t Fix


As caregivers, we want to “fix” the hurting person. We feel that if we can rush in with the right “golden nugget” of wisdom to hand to the hurting person, all will be resolved. Then we can make a quick exit and get on with our own life. The truth is, seldom can we fix […]

What Is Right In The United States?


Today there are so many messages listing: “What’s Wrong with America.”  Maybe, it is time to also remember “What is right with America.” So please join me and share: “What’s right with America?“ What’s right with America? I see people helping people: I see nine middle school teachers leading a West Ottawa Adventure School which […]

You Saved My Life!


“Everybody can be great. . .because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.”  Martin Luther King, Jr. A Simple Gesture  by John Schlatter Mark […]