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.

A grateful dog, Gracie

How God Gave Me a Grateful Dog

For naysayers who say canines can’t make the emotional leap to gratitude, meet Gracie.

Ty'Ann Brown, Guideposts' Vice President of Ministries; photo by Kennies Earl

Keep the Faith: The Joy of Giving at Christmas

Guideposts’ Vice President of Ministries shares a treasured family memory of an early experience with Christmas giving.

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Cecil Murphey at his home in Tucker, Georgia; photo by Michael A Schwarz

How a Pastor and Author Came to Terms with His Grief After Losing His Wife

A special gift helped Cecil Murphey accept his loss on the first Christmas in 58 years without his spouse.

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A happy boxer dog.

This Unexpected Visitor Brought Her Comfort

She was grief-stricken after her dog passed away. Then a mysterious boxer came along.

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Sam Sifton cooking in his home in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Photo by Stephen Speranza

Sharing Food and Faith During This Difficult Holiday Season

The acclaimed New York Times food editor offers five ways to celebrate the joy of Christmas—even from afar.  

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A Southern Casserole at a New York Thanksgiving

A Southern Casserole at a New York Thanksgiving

The coronavirus pandemic made it impossible to spend the holiday with her family down South. So, she decided to bring a little Southern comfort to her northern celebration.

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Artist Carole Henáff's rendering of animals in the manger

Merry Christmas from All Creatures magazine

We encourage you to share this Christmas e-card with the animals lovers in your life.

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Lisa Bogart

Tips for Creating Festive Christmas Cards and Letters

Lisa Bogart shares ways you can add a personal touch and a bit of sparkle to your holiday cards and letters.

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Edward and Gracie on the trail

Will We Meet Our Pets in Heaven?

It’s hard to imagine that God would deny us the eternal pleasure of our furry friends.

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Kyle on his graduation night with Grandma Honeybunch; photo courtesy Brenda Brown

His Grandmother Trained Him To Be a Gentleman

When he became interested in girls, he knew just where to turn for guidance: a grandmother named Honeybunch.

A Collection of Special Moments with God’s Creatures

3 Special Moments with God’s Creatures

Sometimes connecting with another being changes us more than we could have ever expected.

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Grace and Edward on the trail

Does Your Spiritual Life Need More Adventure?

If your faith feels as if it’s on autopilot, it’s time to shake things up.

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Edward Grinnan and Gracie

Life Lessons from a Dog: Learning to Be Present

A golden retriever teaches her owner how to embrace the moment, The Great Now.

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Therapy Dog International cerifciation. Photo by Roy Gumpel

Love on a Leash

Therapy dogs can help lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety for people in settings like schools and hospitals. 

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