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Start a Jeri Habit


How can we honor our veterans on Veterans Day and every day? My daughter-in-law, Jeri, has a compassionate heart for veterans.  When she sees a soldier, no matter where she is, she goes directly to that soldier, holds or shakes her or his hand, and says, “Thank You! Thank You for serving our country.” Sometimes […]

Teenagers Grieve Too


Teenagers Grieve Too: How to Help the Grieving Teenager by Victor Parachin After Princess Diana died in an automobile accident, many people wondered how her two teenage sons, William, 15, and Harry, 13, would deal with their grief. “Please give them a cuddle and clear your calendar,” advised a London columnist in an open letter […]

“I’ll Pray For You”


“I’ll Pray for You” Do you ever sincerely tell someone, “I will pray for you,” and then forget to pray? I often do just that: I say, “I will pray for you,” or “You will be in my prayers,” and then I get busy with my own agenda. So I have devised some ways to […]

A Promise to Those Who Grieve


In 1972 Joe Biden was elected to the Senate and a week later his wife and daughter were killed in a car crash.  In a 2012 speech, Joe Biden talked about the constant weight of grief.  He says, “Just when you think, ‘Maybe I’m going to make it,’ you’re riding down the road and you […]

Keep Praying


I’m a big believer that God nudges us to care for others when we least expect it.  Here are three “nudges” that I experienced recently that helped me to focus on the power of prayer from our mothers and grandmothers. Nudge #1: For the past two weeks, a topic has repeatedly come into my awareness.  […]

Be There and Listen


A story which I heard 11 years ago reminds me of a powerful way to care for people who are hurting. Gregory Richards was a chaplain to terminally ill children in a New York hospital. He tells of one of his experiences in the following story:

“They Were Praying!”


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 I expressed my anxiety, Linda and Walter immediately said, “We will pray for Michael.” That […]