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Would You Help My Mom?


I was in Meijer grocery store (which is always a bit overwhelming for me).  I was looking for cakes for Steve’s birthday, and a hand grabbed mine.  It was a little boy (7 or 8 years old) asking if I could help his mom.  I said, “yes;” so, I left my cart and went to the next […]

How To Help A Lonely Person


Two are better than one, for if one falls down, the other will help him up.  But pity the person who falls and has no one to help him up.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Mother Teresa says, “Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.”  What do you do when a friend tells you they are lonely?  Do you shrug […]

Have A Silent Night


by:  Ginger Jurries Dr. David Jeremiah suggests a radical idea for enhancing your Advent devotional time: “In planning for Christmas this year, schedule a ‘silent night’ into your calendar: Repeat Samuel’s prayer:  ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening’ or David’s prayer: ‘Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.’ (1 […]

Toward A More Meaningful Christmas


I am longing for something beautiful, meaningful and joyous to happen this Advent/Christmas season.  Maybe you are too! David Brooks said recently, “People’s highest joy is helping their neighbor make it through the day.”  Jesus said the same thing when he said, “Love your neighbor,” and then in the story of the Good Samaritan, he […]

Take Up Your Cross


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 […]

Psalm 118 Can Change Your Life


It looked like it was going to be an all-day dreary event, and I was already too sullen and crabby. Several years ago, Larry and I had been hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail and on day number four, we woke up greeted with a cold, rainy, dreary, day. It looked like it was going […]

Forgotten Gifts


Today’s wisdom is from God: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances.” Maybe right now your life is dark and dismal and it is difficult to be grateful. Maybe the following will remind you of gifts you possess . . . even in the dark times of life: GIVE THANKS: If you woke […]