Friends and Family

What is a family? Sometimes your family includes friends who stand by you in every season of life. The heart of your family might also be your marriage, or the meaning and purpose you derive from parenting, caregiving, or even loving the pets who never let you down.

Edward Grinnan

If Memory Fades, What Happens in Our Dreams?

In researching a book about Alzheimer’s, some questions for God.

Praying with hope for the new year

Praying with Hope for the New Year

Are goodness and blessings beyond our imagining about to burst over the horizon?

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Saying goodbye to 2020

How to Say Goodbye to a Very Bad Year

After an upsetting canine altercation on Christmas Eve, realizing that God’s got this.

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An artist's rendering of a friendly Havenese dog; Illustration by Kayla Reilly

This Heaven-Sent Therapy Dog Brought Peace and Comfort

This special pup seemed to know exactly which hospital patients most needed her loving attention.  

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An artist's rendering of an angel holding hearts; Illustration by Orlando Hoetzel

4 Heartwarming Valentine's Day Stories

Loving surprises, a crazy dating coincidence, a (not so) secret admirer. These true tales remind us of the amazing power of love.

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Simone Gordon; Photo credit: Simone Gordon

How She Became the Black Fairy Godmother

Despite her own struggles, she used Facebook and Instagram to help people in need all across the country. 

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An artist's rendering of a snow angel; Illustration by Daniel Lievano

How a Snow Angel Changed Her Parenting Perspective

She was feeling like a failure as a mother, until a heaven-sent sign reminded her what was really important.

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Kitten enjoys a climbing space built by Purple Leash Project

The Purple Leash Project Helps People and Pets Escape Domestic Violence Together

The campaign is working to create more pet-friendly domestic violence shelters throughout the U.S.  

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Omar Brooks and his latest foster dog

How Fostering Dogs Became This Dogface Soldier’s New Mission

He’d been searching for the sense of purpose he found in the Army. He never guessed the plan God had for him.

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Gracie and Edward in the woods

The Powerful Stories That Bring Us Together

How people overcome differences and reach common ground.

Robert Boggs mom, Melree Boggs, in 1936

A Tribute to His Late Nature-Loving Mother

His beloved mom loved and cared for all of God’s creatures.

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Gracie and Edward in the Berkshires

Emerging from the Darkness of a Difficult Year

We are beginning to see our way out of a time of sickness and death.

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Gracie and Edward in the woods

Remembering God While Fearing Alzheimer's

At work on a book about his family’s history with the disease, an apprehensive author’s faith kicks in.

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Wellie and Jennifer; Photo courtesy: Jennifer Warsing

Deaf During the Pandemic: “It Was a Blessing in Disguise for Me"

She struggled with Covid-19 protocols—the closed businesses, wearing a mask—but her service dog and faith helped her cope.

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