Hope and Inspiration

Adult daughter and senior father

The Privilege of Sharing Burdens

A couple of years after my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he started fretting over financi ...

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Young woman smiling at senior woman

The Queen

Christmas morning, and I was entering the third month o ...

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Senior woman playing bingo

When Help Isn’t Help

Mom’s nursing home provided some kind of activity eve ...

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Man lifting arms toward the sunlight

Bite-sized Strength

My husband and I were having dinner with some dear friends. We were wondering why we had felt so ...

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Two women laughing

You Remember Miss Belcher?

The doors of the elevator at the assisted-living facility ...

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Mountains by a lake

Seeing the Big Picture

Six months earlier, I had given up my position on my church’s worship team. I didn’t know why ...

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Worried woman

Asking for What You Need

“Where’s my dad?” I said to the nurse in the Cardiac ICU. “He should be out by now.” ...

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Woman holding a birthday cake

The Unexpected Birthday Party

My grandmother, whom everyone called Mom, sat hunched in a kitchen chair, the lump on her back fr ...

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Chocolate chip cookies

The Ministry of the Cookie Lady

My wife, Sandra, and I were caring for Florence, my mother-in-law. I was feeling helpless and fru ...

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Woman standing alone by a lake

What If . . . ?

“What if Mike and I get into an accident?” I asked my friend Julie over the phone. ...

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Woman lifting hands up towards the sky

Exercising Our Faith

From the spot at the pulleys at my physical therapy facility, I watched transfixed as the woman m ...

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Freshly picked harvest

Spiritual Fruit

I stopped at a market to buy my elderly mother produce. ...

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Man praying at sunset

A Break with the Past

After my wife, Candy, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, ...

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Flowers over a gate

The Wall

There was a wall between my father-in-law, Dale, and me. A former Army officer, Dale was used to ...

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