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.

A dog observing a beach sunset; Photo credit: Shutterstock

5 Fascinating Stories of Spiritually Connected Animals

Proof of animals’ link to the divine.

Craig (left) tells the whole story of this Maine State Prison program

Training Service Dogs Gave Them a Second Chance at Life

As a prison guard he looked down on the veteran inmates. But then he learned how working with the dogs had changed them—and him.

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A angel mother cradling her child; Illustration by Orlando Hoetzel

God's Grace Helped Her Meet the Challenges of Special Needs Parenting

God helped her to be the best mother for her daughter with Down syndrome.

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Dog wrapped in a prayer blanket

Pet Prayer Blankets Are Offering Comfort to Animals in Need

Volunteers work on and pray over the no-sew blankets, which have comforted more than 3,000 animals.

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Keelie and her dog, Darla

How a Dog and a Hopeless Addict Helped Each Other Find New Purpose

Darla was the worst dog in the prison’s program. Keelie was an addict with no future. They both needed a second chance. 

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Kaleel Sakakeeny and a puppy pal

Grieving a Pet: How an Animal Chaplain Can Help You Heal

You don’t have to shoulder your loss alone. 

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Ken MacLeod working with client Nugget

Saturday Night Live's Ken MacLeod: From Set Designer to Dog Trainer

Whether he’s building sets for SNL or training dogs and their people, Ken MacLeod focuses on the positive.

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Ed Attanasio holding his Post-It artwork

Artist—and Stroke Survivor—Launches Pet Drawing Project to Support Animal Shelters

In one year, the campaign has gathered about $100,000 in donations.

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Katie Brown; photo courtesy Katie Brown

Everyday Blessings: Childlike Wonder

The home and gardening TV personality receives a gentle reminder from her daughter to slow down and take in God’s wonders.  

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Four colorful birds on a branch; Getty Images

6 Stories of Birds with Messages and Miracles from Above

These winged messengers brought heavenly signs from above.

Janet Paige Smith with her son, Laughlin; photo courtesy Janet Paige Smith.

A Life Lesson Learned from Her Son

She was focused on her son’s college graduation ceremony; he was focused on beginning life as an adult and protecting those he loved.

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Capt. Wendy Lawrence and father Vice Admiral William Lawrence; photo courtesy Wendy Lawrence

This Pioneering Astronaut Looked Up to Her War-Hero Dad

Growing up she barely knew her father. But his unshakeable faith through unspeakably tough times inspired her to reach for the stars.

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Illustration of a dog taking a break at the pit stop; Illustration by Coco Masuda

Someone Cares: A Puppy Pit Stop

Their pet friendly break area became a great way to connect with neighbors and other furry friends alike.

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An artist's rendering of Velma on a walk; illustration by Jackie Besteman

This People Pleaser Learned to Stand Up for Herself

She walked her neighbor’s dog as a favor, but it soon became a burden. How could she learn to say no?

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