Friends and Family

A cat with angel wings perched on a patio chair; Illustration by Christina Wald

An Unlikely Feline Friend Brought Heaven-Sent Comfort

Was the yellow-striped cat bringing a message from her husband who had recently died of a heart attack?

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Noelle Vorbau, 13, with her chickens in the backyard of her Los Altos, CA home.

How Chickens Brought Her Closer to Her Teenage Granddaughter

Nothing she tried seemed to break through her granddaughter’s wall of indifference. Then some feathered friends came along.

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Ryan Phillips and his wife Mallory with cows, Annie and Jenna

A Love Connection Thanks to the Farm Animals

It’s not often you hear a love story where the matchmaker moos.

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Mike and Peggy with their good boys, Pete (left) and Ernest

10 Tips for Every Pet Parent

How to build a healthy, loving relationship with your cat or dog.

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Edward Grinnan

After a Deep Loss, a Heartfelt Thank You

A note of appreciation for all the prayers and support in the wake of a wife’s death.

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Asia Pietrzyk's illustration of two friends waving at each other from afar

How to Rekindle a Friendship

The fine art of reaching out and reconnecting.

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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...

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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.

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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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