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The Best Gifts to Give

12/24/2014

Best Gifts for Christmas (or anytime) The African boy listened carefully as the teacher explained why it is that Christians give presents to each other on Christmas Day.  “The gift is an expression of our joy over the birth of Jesus and our friendship and love for each other,” she said. Then Christmas Day came, […]

What Can I Say To A Grieving Friend This Christmas Season? Part 2

12/18/2014

By  Liv Lane What Can I Say To A Grieving Friend This Christmas Season?  Here are some expressions that have comforted my family over the past year and some I’ve learned from friends who have experienced great loss, too… I don’t expect a call back.  For over a week after my dad died, a dear friend […]

A Fun and Caring Habit

11/23/2015

Christmas Cookie Fun Caregiving can be fun.  A yearly tradition in our family is making and decorating Christmas cookies. Even my teenagers have fun decorating the cookies!  When they are finished we all deliver them to the people at the Hospice home, to shut-ins, to children in hospitals, or firemen and police who are on duty […]

The Meaning of Easter

03/26/2016

What would you say, if asked to describe the significance and meaning of Easter? (And your answer can only fill 53 seconds of time.) What would you say? I would really like to hear your answers. Here’s mine: An Easter song says, “Ev’ry morning is Easter morning from now on!    Ev’ry day is resurrection […]

More Gifts for the Elderly

11/21/2015

Elderly people feel the cold more, so a cozy lap blanket, afghan, bed jacket, or a Snuggie would be a good gift. Offer to come by and decorate the Christmas tree.  Bring some goodies and Christmas music and make it a party. A new board game and a promise to come by and play with […]

Take Up Your Cross

03/22/2016

In Mark 8:34 Jesus says, “If any want to become my followers, let them take up their cross, deny themselves and follow me.” What does that mean? Rev Jim Kok says, “We take up our cross, deny ourselves and follow Jesus when we set aside our fears, business, agendas, claims of inadequacy, and other excuses […]

Congestion Or Clarity

11/28/2016

I just saw on Facebook: Christmas is 28 days away and a panic washed over me. I need to buy the presents for my family and extended family, mail out my Christmas cards and finish decorating the Christmas tree. So many things to do. And then in my congested mind I heard a small voice. […]