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The Visit

09/29/2015

by Robby Dilmore How about a new twist to Matthew 25, “When I was sick you came to me. When I was in prison you visited me.”  Thursday mornings I regularly do devotions at an assisted living center.  Recently when I walked in Betty was sitting in her wheel chair waiting for me to come […]

Go And Be There

09/09/2014

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:

How can we involve our children in caregiving?

02/11/2015

How can we involve our children and teenagers in caregiving? A wise person in the book of Proverbs says, “Train a child in the way that he should go and when he is old he will not depart from the way.” So, I believe that if we want our children to grow up to be compassionate caregivers as adults we need to (1) model caregiving–talk about it and then let them see us actually caring for people. It is true, “Actions speak louder than words.” (2) We also we need to involve them in actual caregiving.

So following are some ideas from my family’s experiences:

Two Pictures of Caregiving

10/26/2015

In his book, The Last Thing We Talk About, Joseph Bayly shares his honest feelings about the death of one of his children and two caregivers: Picture #1:  I was sitting, torn by grief.  Someone came and talked to me of God’s dealings, of why it happened, of hope beyond the grave.  He talked constantly.  […]

Writing a Note: 3-Rs

09/28/2015

I know that it is important to write a note to a grieving person. I want to write a note, but I often procrastinate and don’t write it because I do not know what to say. Please give me some advice on writing a note to a grieving person.

I do not have an ironclad formula that must be followed when writing a note; however, I will share with you my “3 Rs of Writing a Condolence Note:

They Like Me

08/02/2014

Camp Sunshine offers people ages 12 to 50 years old with developmental disabilities the opportunity to attend summer camp in a safe, caring and inclusive environment. There is a joyful spirit about Camp Sunshine that is transformative for every person who attends – whether you’re a camper, counselor or volunteer. The camp has an atmosphere that honors all people with total acceptance and unconditional love.

Child Sexual Abuse Myths and Facts

10/22/2015

Did you know that as many as 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys will experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 18?  However, because child sexual abuse is by its very nature secretive, many of these cases are never reported. Children are most often sexually abused by someone […]