Give the gift of forgiveness

Child and cow photo by Elodie Reed Our colleague from Illinois, Thomas Mitchinson, recently published this Christmas message on his blog: As we decide what to give to others for Christmas this year, why not consider the gift of forgiveness? Many of us have family, friends, colleagues who have hurt us, if not this year, […]

God’s love helps woman make sense of tragedy

The following piece by Laurie Toupin of Brookline, NH was published in the Nashua Telegraph on September 27th, 2014. The Brookline community lost a beloved teacher at CSDA Elementary School last week. She was allegedly murdered by her son who then turned the gun on himself. No one is sure of the motive. Nor does […]

Spiritual health care that works

Vermont Sunflowers photo by Elodie Reed Participation in alternative health care has surged in recent years. Many people want care and healing with simplicity and results. They are increasingly wary of expensive care that is complicated or drug and surgery dependent. A few years ago, the Los Angeles Times published “More Doctors Going the Alternative […]

Boston brotherhood

2014 Boston Marathon Champion Meb Keflezighi (photo by Elodie Reed) Growing up I was somewhat of a loner. Running changed that. In my first cross-country race, even though I finished in last place, I made some friends with teammates. Ten years later, Boston running teammates invited me to join “Team New Balance,” which was a […]

Prayers for Easter health

The following “letter to the editor” was published in the Concord Monitor and Manchester Union Leader this Easter weekend. Easter brings remembrance of the death and resurrection of Jesus, but also of his life, an important part of which involved healing others through prayer. The health care that Jesus brought folks in his day can […]

Placebo surgery?

Placebos have graduated into surgical procedures. A placebo is a pill or substance without an active medical ingredient. The patient believes that he is receiving a drug. Physicians have found that the patient, unaware of the deception, may respond as if an actual drug was administered. Five years ago psychologist Dr. Irving Kirsch, Associate Director […]