Devotions for Loved Ones

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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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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Hand pointing remote control towards TV

Final Jeopardy

My mother, her body ravaged by pancreatic cancer, wanted to come home to die. Instead of a steril ...

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Man standing on a large rock

Waiting for His Voice

Radiation hadn’t helped. Before the surgeon removed the cancer in Dad’s throat, the family st ...

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Sunset on a lake

Touches of Heaven

My mother had taken a bad fall, which brought on severa ...

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Sleeping puppy

Pawprints All Over Our Hearts

My husband Jerry’s ability to communicate gradually diminished as his dementia progressed. It b ...

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Woman helping senior woman on walker

New Realities

Because we lived so far apart, Mom and I only saw each other every few months. She had moved into ...

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Autumn trees in the countryside

Nurtured by Nature

My husband, Ralph, panicked when he couldn’t catch his breath—one of the scarier features of ...

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Field of flowers

When Making Plans Is Impossible

“No offense, Mom, but you used to be fun before you had MS,” declared my daughter Sophie when ...

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Young woman praying

Turning Worries into Prayers

“Why won’t she pick up?” All morning I had been calling Mom in the rehab center. Apparently ...

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Clasped hands

Unexpected Consolation

From the ledge next to the hospital room’s huge window, I could see Baltimore’s skyscape. The ...

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