Friends and Family

What is a family? Sometimes your family includes friends who stand by you in every season of life. The heart of your family might also be your marriage, or the meaning and purpose you derive from parenting, caregiving, or even loving the pets who never let you down.

Tiera and Myron with sons Myron, left, and Micah; photo by Tony Novak-Clifford

This Struggling Mom Turned to Him for Help

It wasn’t rocket science. It was parenting. That was the problem...

Lawrence Anthony's elephant friends; photo by Françoise Malby Anthony

An Elephant Herd Honors the Man Who Gave Them a Home

Two days after Lawrence Anthony, the man known as the Elephant Whisperer, died,  the 21 elephants to whom he’d given safe haven came to say goodbye.

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Jim Hinch and family at Muir Pass; photo courtesy Jim Hinch

Could He Trust God to Oversee His Family's Hiking Journey?

What he thought would be a coming-of-age experience for his kids proved to be a spiritual lesson for him.

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Susans father in uniform; Photo credit: Susan A. Karas

A Heaven-Sent Encounter Became Comfort from Beyond

A woman gets a healing sign from beyond after the passing of her veteran father.

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Katheryn Berlandi, granddaughter to Dr. and Mrs. Norman Vincent Peale

His Granddaughter Remembers Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Katheryn Berlandi recalls the life lessons Dr. and Mrs. Peale taught her.

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Rick Hamlin

3 Lessons in Prayer from the Grandkids

A greater understanding of why Jesus said, “Become like little children.”

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Isabel Torrey; photo by Randy Boverman

She Rebooted a Faltering Friendship

A silly spat left her on the outs with her best friend. Could she swallow her pride in order mend the rift?

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Gracie romping

Gracie’s Back! A Dog’s Positive Outlook on Life

It’s stressful to be a human. This golden retriever offers some alternatives.

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A Devoted Father Cherishes Precious Family Memories

A Devoted Father Cherishes Precious Family Memories

After seeing a young family at church, he reminisces about the early days of parenthood.

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Author and journalist Mitch Albom; photo by Glenn Triest

Mitch Albom: 5 Spiritual Lessons

The best-selling author shares lessons he’s learned about the person God wants him—and each of us— to be.

Glen Campbell performs at the Sands Event Center on October 26, 2012 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Remembering Glen Campbell and His Struggle With Alzheimer’s

In an excerpt from an upcoming book on his family’s history with the disease, Edward Grinnan recounts a visit with the Rhinestone Cowboy.

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A pair of hands holding a dog's paw

Welcome to Father John's Animal House

Inspired by a clergyman’s compassion, the team at this pet shelter doesn’t give up on any cat or dog that steps inside.

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Illustration of two dogs playing outdoors

Wonderful Wilfred: How One Dog Helped Her Through the Loss of Another

She didn’t think she could love another dog, but this particular spaniel-poodle mix called to her.

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Horatio the Cat channeling Van Gogh

How a Cat in Costume is Bringing Attention to a Local Library

Horatio has garnered over 10,000 followers for the Centre County Library thanks to his fun and creative costumes.

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Rick Hamlin

Mother’s Day—Founded in the Spirit of Peace

It all started in a church in West Virginia by a daughter honoring her activist mom.

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True friendship

3 Ways to Be an Authentically Positive Friend

You can encourage and support your friends and still tell the truth about hard things. Here’s how.

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