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4 ways to grow in your faith

Friday, October 14 2016 12:14 PM
Categorized In Faith
  As people of faith, it’s important to nurture our spiritual side. But many of us tend to get comfortable doing the same type of faith practice year after year.   Theologian Richard Foster suggests that we learn to love God and our neighbors better through activities that strengthen our intellect, our emotions, our relationships and our service.   If we think about expanding the variety of ways we experience and grow in our … Read Article

Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

Monday, July 6 2015 10:19 AM
Categorized In Faith
  But the mountain falls and crumbles away, and the rock is removed from its place; the waters wear away the stones; the torrents wash away the soil of the earth; so you destroy the hope of mortals.  Job 14:18-19 NRSV When my mother was informally diagnosed with dementia, it came as a shock. Even though she was in her late 80s at the time, and even though there is a history of dementia in her family, and even though she had become quite forg… Read Article

Where’s the joy in growing old?

Wednesday, July 16 2014 3:07 PM
Categorized In Faith
The aging process is an inevitable fact of life. One day, we are getting married and raising our families.  The next, we are facing retirement and grandchildren. We look in the mirror and see the eager energy of our youth masked by time.   Aging can have its downside. The human body undergoes profound physiological changes as it ages, and people may experience despair and sorrow at the loss of their youth.   However, history shows some of the greatest cont… Read Article

Building a prayer

Monday, March 3 2014 11:46 AM
Categorized In Faith
Have you ever been asked to pray? In public? Out loud? If so, maybe you weren’t prepared or didn’t write something down in advance or felt uncomfortable or nervous about it. I’d like to provide you with a few tools that might be helpful in “building a prayer.”    There are many models for prayer, so know that what I share here is not comprehensive, and it’s not the last word. It’s just some things that might help. First… Read Article

What's spirituality have to do with your care?

Saturday, November 30 2013 4:37 PM
Categorized In Faith
Maybe you or a loved one have been asked about your spirituality during a healthcare visit. And maybe you’ve wondered what difference it could make.It’s important to understand that our individual spirituality is fundamental to who we are. Consequently, it’s fundamental in the relationship between us and our healthcare providers. It’s so fundamental, that providers cannot adequately address the full spectrum of our concerns without deliberate efforts … Read Article

Owning Your Own Faith

Monday, May 13 2013 4:28 PM
Categorized In Faith
Colossians 2:6-7 (The Message)“My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.”The phrase “… Read Article

There’s Something Spiritual About the Experience of a New Year

Thursday, January 17 2013 7:13 PM
Categorized In Faith
Have you been able to make the switch from writing 2012 to 2013 on your checks, yet? Or maybe you don’t write checks anymore and do everything online? Regardless, it wasn’t so long ago that we were training our minds to think in terms of it being 2012. And yet, time passes and once again we are into a new year. It’s filled with potential and hope. And, most certainly, there will be times of joy and times of tears.There is something deeply spiritual about th… Read Article

Pray Without Ceasing

Monday, December 31 2012 4:13 PM
Categorized In Faith
For me, as well as for a number of my friends, family and co-workers, this past year was filled with the loss of loved ones, illnesses, unemployment and the frustrations of day-to-day life. It was also filled with the blessings of God’s hand for a friend of mine in the birth of a new grandchild, the confirmation of a healthy pregnancy for another friend and the gift of a wonderful relationship for a relative.Through these ups and downs, I have continued to pray. And I … Read Article