When The Holidays Are Bittersweet

By: Julie Thompson Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. As a child, I have fond memories of going with my parents and younger brother to the Christmas tree farm. We would brave the cold and snow in search of the “perfect” Christmas tree. Once we got the tree back...

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The Gift of Gratitude

By: Heather Wolper The other day I sat at a red light on my way to the grocery store. As I waited, I began to tick through a mental list of things we needed, milk, eggs, grapes, bread. . . And then I noticed the line of cars crossing my...

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40 Days of Prayer for Motherless Daughters: 2017

By: Mary Ellen Collins I hate the hype of Christmas!  Holidays are such a lonely time. The commercialism of the holidays drills home the loneliness I feel. Perfect Norman Rockwell family portraits splashed everywhere – magazines, ads, and TV channels. Pictures of multi-generational families gathered together with large smiles, hugs,...

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Grief = “Peeling the Onion”

By: Cara Barth “Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.” ~ Carl Sandburg I was thinking this week about the coming holidays and how this time of year can be so difficult for folks and be a real trigger for grief...

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I’m Taking Off My Crown

By: Mary Ellen Collins I’m taking off my crown. For almost 50 years, I have lived under a curse. “We don’t like you.” “You are not a part of our family.” “Stay away.” “You are not welcome.” I have even had birthday cards returned to me. These words have pierced...

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God Sees Your Tears

By: Danielle Ilacqua (Guest Blogger) As Mother’s Day approaches and I see hundreds of commercials for flowers or cards, I just shrink back into a hole and wish for the passage of time quickly. The first year, which is the firsts of everything without your mom, is the toughest. That’s what “they”...

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Grieving in the Garden

By: Cara Barth “Woman,” He said, “Why are you crying?” John 20:15 As I sat in church this past week and we read the “typical” after Easter story about how Jesus rose from the grave, I had some pretty amazing insights that had NEVER been there before. Now please don’t...

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One Word Challenge

By: Julie Thompson Two years ago I gave up making New Year’s resolutions (since I always failed anyways) and starting focusing on one word for the entire year. Taking the “One Word Challenge” has been such a positive experience in my life, that I knew I wanted to do it...

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Letting Go

By: Cara Barth “Don’t hold on to someone who’s leaving, otherwise you won’t meet the one who’s coming.” ~ Carl Jung As we begin a new year, it’s hard not to feel some sadness, almost as if a death has occurred. One does not leave a year in the same way that...

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Ghosts of Christmas Past

By: Cara Barth “Christmas is a time when you get homesick – even when you’re home” ~Carol Nelson “The holidays are a time to be spent with loved ones” has been imprinted on our psyche from almost day one. Many of us see the holidays as a way to mark...

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