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“They Were Praying!”


They Were Praying! Linda asked, “How long are we supposed to keep praying for Michael?” On a Sunday evening, I told Linda and Walter that I was really concerned about the safety of my son Michael. Michael was mountain climbing in Ecuador and it was a technical climb to the summit of Mt. Cayambe. When […]

Caregiving Basic: Pray


One of the most important and helpful guideline for effective caregiving is to pray. To pray is to acknowledge the presence of God. To pray is to connect with God; so that God can empower us.

How to pray? One way: The ACTS prayer


Praying is having a conversation with God—just as if God was sitting across the counter from you. But sometimes my mind wanders. . .sometimes it seems that I just say the same things over and over. A prayer model which I really like to pray is the ACTS prayer: The acronym stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication.

Who Needs 5 more Minutes?


From:  The Power of the Pause Nothing can be more useful to a person than a determination not to be hurried. – Thoreau, 1842 At a playground, a woman sits down next to a man on a park bench. “That’s my son over there,” she tells him, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater […]

Connecting With God


What is Prayer For? Connecting with God What is the purpose of prayer? One of my pastors, Jill Russell, said in a sermon, “We have asked and it has not been given. We have looked and have not found; we have knocked and the door was locked tight. We’ve prayed for healing for people who […]

The Caregiver’s Prayer


(Submitted by Ann Anderson of Holland, MI)

Compassionate and healing God,
Help us to see Your face
In the faces of our sisters and brothers
Who are sick or injured.
Guide us to reach out to them
With hearts of compassion