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Comfort In, Those in Need of Comfort; Dump Out

By Karen Austin

Life’s challenges tend to overwhelm me unless I make a conscious decision to stand back and gain some perspective.  One of the tools that has helped me to do this is the Ring Theory explained by Susan Silk and Barry Goldman in their opinion piece, published on February 3, 2013, by the Los Angeles Times. …

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Building My Empty Nest Support Team

By Karen Austin

  At the start of the summer, I knew that all of my children would launch eight days apart. True, I only have two children, but when they both leave home just days apart, that made for a busy summer. What I didn’t realize was that the emotional side of their launch would pack a …

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Sariah, Our Sister

By Megan Wilcox Goates

I’ve spent a great deal of time recently reading about the restoration of the Gospel and the early days of the church, which is A TRIP, people. And, because I finished reading the Book of Mormon recently, I also undertook that familiar Latter-day Saint U-turn move of immediately beginning to re-read that book of scripture …

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Perhaps, faith is a blanket

By Shari Crall

Regret Having come in a carefree Moment Moves in. I make it a nest And curl up with it Hugging it to my chest Feeding it wildly. It will grow And I will grow The world will grow And one day I’ll know I can live with it Or without it And it will fly …

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Sweet, Sad December

By Megan Wilcox Goates

I have a theory about Christmases past. It is this: most happy Christmases blend together. It’s the hard years that stand out. Somebody stitch that on a throw pillow for me. Is vinyl lettering as home decor still a thing? Stick this on the wall near the Christmas tree: Happy Christmases…meh. It reminds me of how …

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When she wakes, rigid

By Elizabeth Cranford Garcia

Stroke her hair, and rock. Open the curtain—show her the flashing, the bright erasures of light, the careening trees, that suffocation, apocalypse, another plummet down the stairs into another tunnel, another muscled abandonment, bursting into the world again, her fists tight against her face. And when you say, That’s thunder It’s a loud noise believe …

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In Defense of Imagination

By Elizabeth Cranford Garcia

As a writer, choosing the right word is a constant preoccupation. This is at no time more true than when trying to comfort someone who is grieving. Especially for an introvert, who has to think through every possible iteration of phrasing before speaking out loud, I’ve found myself many times preferring to say nothing rather …

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Favorite Comforts in Sickness and Health

By Teresa Bruce

The usual conversation when I’m asked begins with this reply: “My favorite food is anything someone else shops for, prepares, and cleans up after.” After nearly three decades of anniversaries and Mother’s Days and (ahem) a few more years of birthdays, my family and closest friends know to stop there. Others think they need to …

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Favorite: It is Well With My Soul

By Lisa Meadows Garfield

I am feeling overwhelmed lately. There’s no point in enumerating the stressors in my life, because I know you have your own list. Today, I offer you this small but powerful respite. Sit down, lie down — be still. You can watch this music video, but you may find it more moving if you simply close your eyes and listen. Let His peace wash over you. Sing along . . . through it all, through it all, my eyes are on You . . . It is well with my soul. And believe it.

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Favorites: Comforts from a Good Book

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Life's Lemons photo by Linda Hoffman Kimball
Life’s Lemons
photo by Linda Hoffman Kimball

This time of year, folks are looking for a variety of favorites. Beach reads? Must see movies? Favorite vacation spots? Summer recipes? I’m curious about all these categories, too, so let me know.

However, when I started musing on the broad topic of “favorites”, I found myself drawn to a very niche category: “My favorite biblical scriptures on comfort.” I’m surprised that this is where I’ve landed since I’m feeling upbeat right now – everyone in my family is in good health; my son and his wife just welcomed my 4th grandbaby; we’ve got an exotic trip planned later this month; I’m surrounded by good friends and nature’s spectacular beauty. It’s like there’s a sound track of Beethoven’s and Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” playing in the back of my mind much of the time.

But I’m not naïve. And I’m not always this full of hallelujah. I know Life is never just one thing. Never just “good” or “bad.”

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