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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


Victor Parachin, who is an ordained minister and has written several books on grieving, reminds us that too often teenagers feel “invisible” or are “forgotten grievers” when there has been a death. Yet, every day a teenager experiences the death of someone they know and love a parent, sibling, grandparent, schoolmate, friend or relative. Like […]

“I’ll Pray For You”


Do you ever sincerely tell someone, “I’ll 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 remind myself to pray, and […]

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


We sometimes need a reminder to keep praying for those who need us. 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: […]

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!”


Do you ever check in with someone after a prayer request? Here’s a story from my own personal experience that reminded me how important it is to stay in touch with those for whom you are praying. Do you On a Sunday evening, I told Linda and Walter that I was really concerned about the […]