Monthly Archives: May 2013

A Prayer for Our Fallen Heroes

I think it appropriate to offer a prayer for all of our fallen heroes in war. Many young men and women have answered the call to serve our country in uniform and a large number of them died for the cause. The ultimate sacrifice is something that can’t be take lightly by any of us. They died so that others might live free.

So on this beautiful Sunday morning, join with me in prayer, or say your own, but above all, don’t forget them ever. The cause of freedom will always require vigilance and sacrifice in our American life, and may it always include faith in God, for faith provides us both love and strength for any challenge.

Let us pray:

Dear Heavenly Father: Today we honor the lives of all of those brave souls who gave their life in battle for the cause of freedom and the love of country. Bless their souls as we honor them this weekend, an honor richly deserved for their valor and courage.

And help those of us who are here to honor them to never forget them and to use their shining example of love for their fellow man in our own lives. For love like this doesn’t come easily, but it sustains us and keeps us strong in the knowledge that only through Thee can we conquer whatever enemies or demons we face.

And also bless their loved ones who still miss them, the wives and husbands, siblings , children, and even grandchildren who remember them as Dad, Mom, Brother, Sister, and Grandpa and Grandma. Help them keep the spirit and love alive that made their loved ones heroes, for this is the true Spirit of America.

And Father, we are also facing some different times here in America today, and help us remember our history and the lessons of the past to keep our trust in Thee, not materialistic tools or false prophets that are in abundance, ever mindful that there is only one true God. God bless us and keep America on the course toward Truth. Amen.

For you were called to freedom, brothers, only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. GALATIANS 5:13 (ESV)

What greater love could they give for their country? And we are eternally grateful.

- James Dick


Grief Counselors and Grief Coaches: What’s the Difference?

One of the promising new areas of grief care is known as “grief coaching.” I like to distinguish between grief counseling and grief coaching like this: A visit with a licensed counselor is similar to a physician visit—a professional relationship in a structured environment. Meanwhile, a session with a grief coach is more like a long walk with a good friend. The coach may or may not be a trained professional, but more importantly he or she is a person well-acquainted with grief and willing to walk alongside someone who is bereaved.
I noticed recently that Dr. Michelle Peticolas has established a new grief coaching program called “Transforming Loss: From Surviving to Thriving.” Having experienced the loss of both of her parents in 1998, Dr. Peticolas began a personal journey in—and through—grief. She also served as a hospice volunteer for 10 years which I believe gives evidence to her passion about helping those who must travel through “the valley of the shadow.” To learn more about Dr. Peticolas and her work, visit