Dec. 16: Angel for an Evening

Philip Stover and Father Charles Ehrenbach were strangers stranded at the Philadelphia Airport because of a blizzard-related delay in their flight to Albany, New York. Stover noticed that the elderly priest looked confused.  He asked if he needed help, discovered they were on the same flight, and the two men began a friendly conversation. Once the plane took off and they arrived in Albany, Father Fehrenbach was stranded because his ride never showed up.  Stover drove him to the hotel … [Read more...]

Dec. 15: A Prayer for Parents

Today we’d like to share with you a Christopher prayer for parents: “Heavenly Father, You have given to men and women the awesome opportunity to participate in the creation of life. You’ve given them the opportunity to nurture their children, and to teach them the values and skills they will need as responsible creative adults. “Bless fathers and mothers as they take on the joys and sorrows of parenthood.  Enlighten them to communicate an awareness of those things that truly … [Read more...]

Dec. 14: Take a Chance on Faith

Actor Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) was always outspoken about his Christian beliefs.  A friend challenged him to put his faith into action by adopting a disabled child. That conversation led Caviezel and his wife, Kerri, to China where they adopted a 5-year-old boy named Bo who suffered with a brain tumor.  They supported Bo through dangerous brain surgery, and he is a valued member of their family today. Caviezel and his wife then adopted another child—a 5-year-old girl … [Read more...]

Dec. 13: Giving Sight to the Blind

Twenty-nine-year-old tree trimmer John Wilkinson only had vision in one eye due to a sports injury he suffered as a teen.  Though he had adjusted to that condition, his life took a downward turn when he suddenly lost vision in his good eye. The Casselberry, Florida resident was diagnosed with a cataract, but didn’t have health insurance.  As reported in the Orlando Sentinel, Wilkinson became dependent on friends for everything. One day, his seven-year-old niece told her Girl Scout … [Read more...]

Dec. 12: Smoke Signals

A shipwreck survivor washed up on a small, deserted island.  The man prayed to God for help, but no rescuers appeared. Eventually he built a driftwood hut that protected him and kept him dry.  But one day after scavenging for food, he returned to find his hut on fire. He called out in despair, “God, how could you do this to me?” The next day the man was stunned to see a ship coming to rescue him.  “How did you know I was here?” he asked. “We saw your smoke signal,” … [Read more...]

Dec. 11: Feeding the Human Spirit

Every weekday morning, volunteers from Holy Family Church in Omaha, Nebraska, make approximately 900 sack lunches to distribute to the homeless. According to journalist Lisa Maxson, the lunch program has been running for four years—and the number of lunches required to feed the hungry has continued to increase.  For the program’s participants, the lunches do more than feed the body; they sustain the soul. Jeremiah Young, who gets free lunches a few times a week, says, “It’s so … [Read more...]