Monthly Archives: March 2012


by Shirlee Vandegrift When a friend hurts so do I. The other day a friend was telling how lonesome she was when her husband of many years died.  He was confined to a rehab/hospice facility for a while before he … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Author Stories, Thoughts and Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Sister Is Homeless!!!

I was expecting to sit with my husband during Sunday morning worship, letting the music draw me into the Presence of God and letting my mind be instructed by the teaching from God’s word. All of the above happened but with … Continue reading

Posted in Issues | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment


I am trying to live a more healthy life. One of the components I am considering is diet. This week I have tried and failed to observe a three-day cleansing fast. The instructions included eliminating meat, wheat, gluten, sugar, processed foods, and … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts and Reflections | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Irrefutable Indicants of Aging

I find myself at home with those who may look old to other people but don’t feel old themselves. I find it amusing that people more than 80 years old don’t want to join a Senior group because they don’t … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts and Reflections | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

But, She Loved Jesus

I wasn’t prepared for the story I would hear when I called to “check up” on this Senior Adult friend. She lives in senior housing and usually attends our meetings, but I hadn’t seen her in a couple of weeks. … Continue reading

Posted in Stories | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Hope Dries Tears

When seeking to comfort a grieving friend we remind ourselves that we do indeed grieve but NOT as those who have no hope. Grief is a place of brokenhearted loneliness.  I am crushed with loneliness when I grieve because no one … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts and Reflections | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Banquet with the King

I still have the invitation, a yellowed newspaper article and the gilded program. I have forgotten many things from the past fifty years but crystal clear is my memory of being in the presence of a king. Here is how it … Continue reading

Posted in Prayers and Devotions | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment