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8 Ways to Recover from Compassion Fatigue


By: Colleen Arnold, MD Are you a fulltime caregiver? Most likely you’ve experienced your share of tiring days. But what happens when you start to become emotionally or physically exhausted by the care you provide? It’s possible that you’ve moved into the territory of compassion fatigue, which is the diminished ability to empathize or feel […]

Reflections on Romans 8:38


By Judy VanderWilt A note from Karen: Dear readers, Marlin VanderWilt was Pastor Emeritus of my congregation, Hope Church. His work deeply touched my life. Earlier this year, he passed away. His wife of 60 years, Judy, has been grieving the loss of Marlin . . . and doing so amidst the pandemic, political discord, […]

Leaders Need Caregiving Too


Chances are, you know several people who are leaders. And guess what? Leaders need caregiving too. Your neighbor who is in management, a friend who runs a small business, and even your pastor – they are human beings with feelings, fears, and challenges. At one time or another, we all need kindness and a listening […]

Infertility is a Journey Not a Race


by Lisa Braunius If you had told me when my husband and I decided to start a family that our journey would take place over six years, I would have laughed an uneasy laugh, leaning towards denial of the truth. Or, I would have questioned whether I wanted to move forward on this journey. As […]

My Post-Election Pledge – Will You Join Me?


When the presidential election returns are counted and a president is named, I wonder: how will people react? Some people will be happy; others will not.  I am concerned that there will be more of what we’ve witnessed this year: chaos, destruction and division.  I have worried.  I have prayed.  I have wondered what I, […]