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Pastoral Pearls: Suicide Awareness

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This second week of September is National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is an anguished cry for help from someone who feels so alone, so lost, that there is no other option for them. I can’t even begin to imagine what that might feel like, but my heart aches. My own brother took...

Pastoral Pearls: Words Have Power

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I came across something in “Jesus Calling” (August 3) that talked about the power of words – “to bless or wound.”  Words are so powerful! Even if I take them back, (and so often I seem to blurt something out that I never really meant to say),  it...

Pastoral Pearls: Stronger than I think

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Perhaps I am stronger than I think. ~ Thomas Merton It is inevitable that times will get tough – sometime. It is inevitable that I will not always agree with the reality facing me. It is inevitable that I will want to be in the driver’s seat, taking control, making all the decisions...

Pastoral Pearls: Assumptions

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“The problem when you are a strong, capable self-confident person, is that more often than not, people think that you don’t really need things like comfort, reassurance, loyalty and guidance. People are most likely to look at you and say, “ She doesn’t need this&rdquo...

Pastoral Pearls: Unique Packages

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I wish for a world that views disability, mental or physical, not as a hindrance but as unique attributes that can be seen as powerful assets if given the right opportunities. ~ Oliver Sacks What an amazing God we have, who creates so many unique packages for the human person! With so many...

Pastoral Pearls: Remember the loved one ...

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“If you know someone who has lost a child, and you're afraid to mention them because you think you might make them sad by reminding them that they died--you're not reminding them. They didn't forget they died.  What you're reminding them of is that you remembered that they...

Pastoral Pearls: Be the things ...

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For those who are grieving for someone who is gone from their lives – through death, change of mental capabilities, divorce, or even distance – there can be a strong desire to hang on to and cherish the good memories with that person. It can be difficult to do so when they are no...

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