Browsing All posts tagged under »charity«

Follow the Money

May 15, 2013


I witnessed an exchange today that was unsettling. It was between a supervisor and one of his employees, who just happens to be his son. In front of me, this supervisor/owner used aggressive posture and shaming tone and belittling rhetoric to attempt to control behavior. I’ve lived long enough to recognize that there is usually […]

The Advocate

July 12, 2012


Imagine, hypothetically, that you lived quite differently from most people around you, perhaps, say, choosing a religion that involved lengthy blocks of time serving during the week even after Sunday services, a rigorous code of health, and a whopping 10%+ of your income. Imagine also that you had lived in a community of people who […]

Lazarus, the Widow, and Other Heroes

May 20, 2012


Cross-posted at Wheat and Tares. He smiled warmly at me when I walked into the store, his wife having called ahead to brief him on my need. Motioning me to follow him, he checked to see that someone else would take care of the customers at the parts counter and we went out back to […]

The Touch of the Master’s Hand

May 4, 2012


“Dr. Dale Hull experienced a major life change – not to mention a career change – in 1999. He was a highly successful OB/GYN physician at the time, but a freak trampoline accident suddenly rendered him quadriplegic. With his medical training, he knew at the moment he landed that his life would never be the […]

A Disposition to be Pleased

April 19, 2012


He sat silent, his hand on the door handle, steeling himself. I waited, knowing how hard this was for him. We did this often. He took a deep breath but he didn’t say, “Do I have to go?” Instead, he said, “I wish I weren’t scared.” My mother heart leapt into my throat, but I […]

The View from the Great and Spacious Building

April 13, 2012


In the Book of Mormon a famous dream is rendered a couple of times for our benefit. A good man has been making his way toward the tree of life along a path with an iron handrail. Smothering darkness swallows him from time to time, but he holds fast to the rod and makes it […]

Birthing Hope

April 5, 2012


I was invited to write a special article for Holy Week at – you can see it here. For my regular readers, I am also including it here. A wave of nausea washed over me as I felt the familiar tightening again, the groan rising silently in my soul: “here it comes.” Long minutes of pressure […]

Such As I Have

March 19, 2012


I pull out from Wal-Mart, past the man with the cardboard sign, and once again I’m slapping my forehead that I’ve forgotten to print the cards. I’ve decided that in these situations I’m going to stop and talk to him, hear his story, share my encouragement, ask if I can take him to the Food […]