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September 4, 2008

I wanted to talk to a friend after the church service, but I remembered the "three-minute guideline" presented at a leadership meeting. For three minutes after the service, we were asked to talk to folks we didn't know. So I looked for...

December 3, 2007

Carol never could catch up financially. Before she could pay for rent, food and child care, her purse was empty. As we became friends, I often found her staring into an empty refrigerator and crying over her broken marriage. Although she...

November 1, 2007

A frequent cause of traffic jams on highways in my area is the "looky Lou" habit in which drivers slow down to examine an accident on the side of the road. Usually an ambulance already has arrived, so it's not as if people want to help....

March 5, 2007

Honestly, I didn’t mean for it to become a "spiritual" experience. I needed to vary my aerobic workout routine, so I began an arm-swinging high speed walk in our housing tract. But my teenage daughter was embarrassed to...

January 31, 2006

I felt the pressure building as I griped at my son for breaking his lunch box. A few days before, my husband, Greg, had been laid off for the third time, and every time something broke or wore out, I felt my tightly bound panic cut loose....

August 31, 2003

The following is excerpted from Jan Johnson's book "Growing Compassionate Kids" (Upper Room Books, 2001). HOW WOULD YOU LIKE to take a vacation that would change you, your children or grandchildren forever? You'd never be the same,...