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Prodigal Son

Talking to Children about Death
The morning my wife died I had to make a very difficult decision. The nurse said to me, “Your wife isn’t going to live until noon. You must get your son out of here.” I said, “Thank you for your opinion.” I wondered to myself, should I take my son, Tim, age 11, away from the deathbed scene of his mother, or not. Tim had “camped out” with the rest of us in the Hospice Room of the hospital for the last two and a half days. His mother had been in and out of hospitals for the past year, slowly dying of bone cancer. Tim had been part of the entire process. Should I take the nurse’s advice, and “protect” him… Click here to read more

Why Me
It was a beautiful summer day; the weather was not too hot and there was just enough of a cool breeze blowing. A mother sat on the patio, in a rare moment of relaxation, watching her two children, Nicholas, 8, and Angie, 6, playing together. They were chasing each other and Nicholas turned to his little sister and said, “You can’t catch me!” The mother watched her son take off, leaving Angie behind. Then she looked at Angie who had stopped and was trying to catch her breath. She couldn’t catch her brother or her breath… Click here to read more

The Church and the Child with Invisible Disabilities
Unlike a child with cerebral palsy or Down syndrome, children with these physical challenges are not always visible. More and more children, for one reason or another, are being diagnosed with brain disorders such as ADHD, autism, depression, or bipolar disorder. These disorders are “visible” through the symptoms, usually manifested in the child’s behavior. It is easy to stand by and think (or say), “If only that parent would get better control of their kid”; “All that child needs is a good spanking”; or “What a bratty kid!” Click here to read more