Tag: understanding

I Helped Her Cry

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. ~Charles Dickens Sixty tea light candles had been caringly placed in the front of the sanctuary for the annual non-denominational “Blue Christmas Service”. Each unlit candle represented a person loved, one who was absent, one who could no longer be present this…
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“Don’t judge a book by its cover when you don’t understand what that person’s been through.” –Corrie Louise Rose   Isn’t that true for all of us? If others really knew who we were on the inside, knowing our true vulnerabilities, our insecurities, our wounds, our pains, they couldn’t help but have empathy for us.…
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Look Up

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” —Lucius Annaeus Seneca  Sadly, far too few of us have relationships in which we truly understand and are understood. During a question and answer time after a noontime talk we gave to a local civic group, a man in…
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“Someone To Tell It To: Sharing Life’s Journey” Our book, “Someone To Tell It To: Sharing Life’s Journey” is currently in the design and production process for publication and will be available for sale in mid-July. More details will follow in our July newsletter. Here’s what other authors and experts have written, through their endorsements…
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer–“The Great Listener”

“Christians have forgotten that the ministry of listening has been committed to them by Him who is Himself the great listener and whose work they should share. We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the Word of God.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together (New York: Harper & Row, 1954), 98-9.

The Way of Understanding

This is a powerful commentary from the New York Times today.  David Brooks has articulated very profoundly – in “Stairway to Wisdom” what it really takes to understand one another.  It truly is walking alongside someone, through the good and the bad, the joyous and the sad.  It is being willing to be vulnerable with others…
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The true definition of the word ‘obedience’.

Obedience. This word most often evokes many negative feelings and ideas conjuring up images of someone ordering us to do something without us having any say or input.  A parent yelling at a child to clean up her room.  A husband or a wife demanding that the other work harder to bring in more money. …
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How Can Care Management Respond to Patients’ Spiritual Concerns?

By Dr. Jaan Sidorov First Posted at Disease Management Care Blog on 3/28/2013 Dr. Jaan Sidorov, host of Disease Management Care Blog The Disease Management Care Blog remembers her well. She knew it was not going to be good news.  That gnawing pain in the pit of the stomach was getting worse and, when the…
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Steel Sharpens Steel-The Gift of Friendship

You use steel to sharpen steel,     and one friend sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) We meet every other Friday for breakfast.  We’ve been meeting for over two years now.  It’s almost hard to believe.  The coffee is warm and the breakfast is filling and it wakes us up to the possibilities that lie before for the…
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