We’ve arrived at the time of year when folks are once again engaged in the activities of holiday planning. We have triple holidays forthcoming that are close to one another, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Lots of people consider this season a favorite. Yes, planning; church programs; traveling; shopping; decorating; cooking; diet busting eating; social gatherings; sports engagements; and time off from jobs and school. How many people, though, are mindful that folks had loved ones who transitioned during holiday seasons? Some have loved ones who passed away on Christmas Day last year. How challenging will it be for them this Christmas? How will they cope with the grief and the memories? What are ways that we can ease their holiday sorrows? Scores of elderly people are often lonely. It’s enhanced during this time of year. There are folks in nursing homes that rarely, if ever, get visitors. Gratitude extends to people who are considerate to include elderly folks in their holiday events. It’s good that nursing homes haveContinue reading »

His family abandoned him, so sad for William indeed — He mourned in utter heartache — He cried out, “Why, Why?” His fragile soul couldn’t grasp the reasons he had to go elsewhere from the place he knew as home — William prayed fervently as his hope slipped away Many nights he sobbed, restless in foster care being sent from place to place until . . . Hope arrived in the embrace of godly folks who chose to love him and bring him into their home He joined a happy unit lonely no more — Loved abundantly with brothers and parents and pets afoot, too. Yes, home sweet home — Hope restored.

Maggie pushes back her sheer lilac curtains and peers out her bedroom window. She sighs. It’s been three months since her soul mate Edgar has gone to be with the Lord. Maggie aches for him — his love, his voice, his smell, and even his noisiness. She chuckles as she remembers how he’d wake her with clanging pans as he prepared breakfast. Maggie and Edgar met at a business conference. He loved her curly, golden blond hair and her lithe posture. Especially, he loved Maggie’s gentle character and her robust laughter. Maggie was attracted to Edgar’s courteous demeanor, his penetrating blue eyes and his broad shoulders. She loved watching him engage with folks. He was such a charmer and loved by many. They married and had one child, Constance, who grew up to be a doting daughter, successful business woman, and most importantly — a truth walker with the Lord Christ. Maggie and Edgar’s union lasted fifty-three years until he departed three months ago. Maggie cherishes the memories of theContinue reading »

Loneliness / depression 2 Corinthians 4:8 (KJV) 8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Everyone feels lonely from time to time, but for some, loneliness comes far too often. Feeling lonely can plague many people — including the elderly, people who are isolated, and those that suffer from depression — with symptoms such as sadness, isolation, and withdrawal. Loneliness can strike a person who lives alone or someone who lives in a house filled with people. Have you ever heard the statement” life stinks” life is what we make of it. Have your ever played the game Monopoly? Everybody starts the same. Each is given the same money and everybody takes a turn with the dice. You make the choice whether or not to buy the property where you land and if you don’t your opponent will. You have to be able to make the right choices. So it is in life. We get one chance to go around theContinue reading »