Gratitude

Gratitude

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” -Unknown I believe gratitude is the most important part of life. You know what I am talking about: that warm feeling of thankfulness towards the world or special people. Let’s face it, if you spend all your time moaning...
Gentleness in March

Gentleness in March

“Ever smilin’ ever gentle on my mind.” Words from a Glen Campbell song. I want to talk about gentleness. A definition is in order. The Christian view of gentleness is showing care and respect for others in the way you act or speak. In my line of work, gentleness can...
February is Good for Flexibility

February is Good for Flexibility

Before I get started on this month’s missive, I want to put out a shameless plug for my Facebook site. I have twenty-nine hundred friends and followers on Facebook. Come and see me in action while my team and I minister to those in need. To do this kind of work, it is...
In His Image

In His Image

We started our series “Thread” in Genesis chapter 1.  There we saw how God created this world.  He spoke it into being.  But when it came to humankind, the crown of His creation, we were different.  He formed us special from the dust of the ground.  Unlike anything...
Christmas Eve at Holy Cross

Christmas Eve at Holy Cross

Christmas is coming. . .  Does that fact bring you joy or anxiety, or a little bit of both?  Does months of Covid talk, and political rhetoric have you a little numb this year? Christmas is really about Jesus coming, about God becoming human to save us. Because when...
Forgiveness and Dogs

Forgiveness and Dogs

Forgiveness is pretty easy for a dog. We forgive humans all the time. The true meaning of forgiveness is the intentional and deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person who has harmed you, regardless of whether they deserve it or...
Secrets of a Comfort Dog Revealed

Secrets of a Comfort Dog Revealed

I am going to let you in on a secret: TEAM NAOMI is recruiting! We need handlers and helpers. There are openings now. Qualifications are simple: must love dogs and love Jesus. Must like to talk about Jesus. Handlers will be required to receive special training and...
Smiles are Miracles

Smiles are Miracles

Life from Naomi’s Perspective at Holy Cross Lutheran Church Jesus invented suspense. He had to do it. For without suspense, you do not have miracles. I am not talking about the big Miracles that Jesus did, but the everyday ones that my handlers and I see. We do...
Life From Naomi’s Perspective

Life From Naomi’s Perspective

Comfort dog work is letting the handlers laugh and cry with people while I do my magic. The whole business is about joy. The first thing handlers and people learn in this business is there is no life that is free of pain. For instance, one of my favorite places, a...