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Who Is Your “Lunch Buddy”? January 22, 2017

Author, educator, and grief counselor Dr. Alan Wolfelt is well known throughout the country for his grief work and inspirational teaching. Several years ago I had the opportunity to attend a day-long seminar in which Dr. Wolfelt  introduced the Companioning Model to a number of bereavement specialist working in hospice care.   In that training he taught that the bereaved must find their “therapeutic third” who could offer genuine support during their grief work.   He stated that about a…

Collateral Beauty and An Unprepared World January 13, 2017

*Spoiler warning. Minor plot twists revealed. December 16th was wet and cold in Portland. My parents and I trudged out into the dark streets to see the newest movie from New Line Cinema, Collateral Beauty.   For weeks before the movie premier I would cry when I watched the trailer. What touched me the most was the title. I’ve been on a journey trying to understand beauty (though that is a journey to discuss another day), and I thought the idea of…

Letters from Bettie, Entry 2 January 4, 2017

The following is an excerpt of a letter written by Bettie Mitchell to a leader in Africa in 1993: “The more I urge, the more they believe that this mission is permanent and that God has ordained it to be so. They are beginning to see this in the spiritual realm because everywhere your eye falls, human need cries out for education, wise counsel and deep permanent friendship in Christ Jesus. The religious systems have failed for they have just…

Newness of Life in Christ December 29, 2016

Reflections of the year that has just concluded float gently in my heart and mind. Many blessings flutter about, as butterflies in a garden. The challenges I faced are like railroad tracks laid down for the foundation for the journey ahead that God is preparing me for. I am learning to trust God even more, for my life and for those whom He will bless through me. It is new, exciting, and challenges me to grasp the confidence I have…

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