When we slow in our mountain of “to-do’s” to speak prayers, to call out something beautiful in another person, or to truly hear them in a time of need we are providing an opportunity for something greater than just two people gathered together. We invite an experience of sharing God’s loving gaze with that person. It can be life-changing for them, and/or us, when we take the time to share in one another’s belovedness.
When it comes to postpartum depression and anxiety no one is at fault. No one chooses to think and feel this way and it is not as easy as waiting it out (though truly, I wish it could be). Support, validation, reassurance, sleep, and adequate food intake are essential elements in feeling better.
“I can’t seem to remember things the way I used to.” This may be an unsettling thought that you or someone in your family has had recently, and it can be scary because it leads to more questions that you may not know the answers to or want to discover. To bring some clarity to the issue, there is some basic information you may wish to know about memory loss and aging.
The month of October is devoted to Domestic Violence Prevention in the U.S. You might see people sporting purple ribbons or t-shirts showing solidarity and bringing awareness to this pervasive problem in our society. You might even donate to your local shelter or safety center. While much is known about the impact domestic violence has on adult victims and survivors, it seems that its effects on children is less understood. We see the images of the “battered woman,” bruised and shrinking in fear. We see the stories depicted in television shows, movies, books. Awareness is essential; prevention is necessary. But…what about the kids?