Year-End 2

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“Does my real dad ever think about me?”

What if Your blessings come through raindrops, What if Your healing comes through tears, What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near, What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise. Maybe you’ve heard the words above from the song, “Blessings” by Laura Story. To see a friend post them on Facebook strikes a chord of sadness because I know how disappointment resides in their home like an unwanted guest.  In a moment of frankness, it’s … [Read more...]

Christmas Memory Album….

Flipping through the album of Christmas memories I see pictures of home decked with red bells around the living room mirror, stockings hung on the fireplace mantle, and a cedar tree glittering in the corner. Bing Crosby crooning on a vinyl record makes these memories dance. Christmas offers a “thrill of hope” that winter tries to damper by chasing away the warmer days and colors of summer and fall. At Christmas we recapture the heart of the child we used to be. Singing Christmas favorites with … [Read more...]

Wonderful Workgroups

In his book, “Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord”, Dave Stone urges parents to find role models for their children.  People outside the home who undergird the Godly lessons taught inside it.  Workgroups play that role for the Shiloh homeparents and children. Workgroups come along side our children to share with them, laugh with them, and encourage them to follow Jesus.  They reinforce the homeparents’ message to work hard, respect others, and focus on the future.  They visit the Shiloh … [Read more...]

Work of the Master

I enjoy the work of a Master... Claude Monet turns canvass into a spring morning bursting with color.  Ludwig Van Beethoven finds melody among the ebonies and ivories.  C.S. Lewis invites you to anticipate Heaven on journeys to Narnia. God gives us at least one talent.  Some, like Mozart, discover it early and glorify God with it all their life.  But for others it’s hard to unearth.  Especially for the abused and neglected child.  Angry words turn young hearts into stone... “I wish you … [Read more...]

Covered With Band-Aids

Sometimes we get a cut that seems to be insignificant and will go away on its own. Other times if we leave it unattended, it gets infected and can lead to more serious issues, needing more professional assistance. The children that come our direction often come with painful "cuts" that have been covered with a bandaid but not enough antibiotic to treat it fully, sometimes for years. The pain from such things as divorce, abuse, abandonment, and neglect if left unattended can be hidden for years … [Read more...]