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Life’s Challenges

Arise and shine. God is here!

Christmas joy and Christmas grief are the unavoidable extremes of Christmas. Parents of young children, the healthy, and those who have successfully had more…

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Someone hold my hand

This may not seem very manly, but sometimes I just need someone to hold my hand. I need affection. That’s what I love about…

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SLOPPY!

My light almost went out in first grade. For some reason, I never went to kindergarten. If you read Robert Fulghum’s poem “All I…

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My temper

I can sure tell when other people are losing their tempers. I hear the pitch of their voices rise. I note the sharpness of…

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Backline and nonessential workers: You were made for such a time as this

A few weeks back, I read an article about the ICU staff working with COVID patients in England. The article stated that these frontline…

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The problem with coping mechanisms

Each day seems to bring a new announcement or policy concerning the pandemic that challenges our normal way of life. At the church where…

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Not the same

Since 2013, I’ve worked as an elderly companion. While caring for my first client, I met a lively British lady who lived through WWII….

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The Corona Survival Guide for Couples

Day 1 The #1 thing for couples to do Healthy relationships were already hard enough. Creating and maintaining a you-first, quick-to-listen, how-can-I-help relationship took…

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During corona, your pastor needs you

The other day, the pastors at our congregation wanted to make sure our church was making it through the new world that the coronavirus…

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Sitting with you

This is not what I intended to write. For a month now, I’ve had a topic chosen, and it’s been rattling around my mind…

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In a corona world, love like a local

I made the mistake (again) of checking the news today. The headlines (again) were global. “America may be at its most dangerous point.” “Italy…

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Coronavirus: The marathon you didn’t sign up for

The Corona 5K officially turned into a marathon. I could almost see the finish line of my 14-day, post-Israel self-quarantine when the news dropped….