There Used to Be M & M’s

For as long as I can remember, when my father came home from reserve duty in the military, he brought small gifts. Each of my brothers and my sister received a pack of M & M’s. Following his military service, he and my mother extended the treats to...

Truckers and Trauma

Truckers and TraumaPeter RosenbergerOn Interstate 40 in west Tennessee, a young woman in a sedan sped past a group of truckers on November 18,1983. Maneuvering her car in front of the lead trucker, she stayed a bit out in front of him for a while on the...

The Profound Impact of a Teacher

A Special Teacher In the Spring of 1983, 17-year-old Gracie Parker auditioned for a music scholarship at Nashville's Belmont University. Standing before the music faculty teachers, she felt great gratitude when one of them offered to accompany her at the...

A Deeper Consolation

Yet Another Consolation Opportunity As the news of yet another mass shooting confronted America following the tragedy in Annapolis, the drownings in Missouri, the shootings in Toronto, and now the shootings in Pittsburgh— the frequency of these events may...

Are You Putting Treasure in a Broken Machine?

Why Continue Putting Coins In A Broken Soda Machine? At a support group I regularly attend, a soda machine dispensing perfectly chilled drinks hums quietly against the wall. While seemingly a small thing, I enjoy the meetings with...

Equipping My Fellow Amputees

I returned from a 2010 trip with our Ghanaian prosthetic limb program ...only to be medically sidelined for 8 years. The surgeries continued and infections nearly took me out (twice!). I found myself floundering physically, emotionally, and even...

The Endurance of Hymns

Throughout the Bible, hymns served as an integral part of the lives of God's people.  We see the references of hymns from the psalms of David to Jesus singing on the way to Gethsemane.  In addition, one story always fascinated me.  Paul and Silas...

Look to the Reflectors

Driving Reflector to Reflector A while back during a spectacular vacation, we enjoyed a wonderful day of riding snow-mobiles in Western Idaho. Leaving the snowmobile trails we headed towards West Yellowstone, MT to return to Big Sky, Montana. While pumping...

With Resolve, I’m Still Standing With Hope

This time of year seems to bring a mixed sense of melancholy and happiness.  While I love the autumn in Tennessee, the changing of the leaves and the cool temperatures also echo a great sadness for me.  A dreary November day, thirty-four years ago, I drove to meet a...

Clinging To A Rope In the Darkness

When Caregiving Took A Harsh Turn Gracie and I recently made a hospital visit to see family friends struggling with a significant health crisis.  Standing in their room next to Gracie in her wheelchair, I couldn't help but recall the reversed roles from a...

There Is a Balm in Gilead

Our friends Ken and Cindy Najar run a Christian book store near our home, and they play Peter's CD, Songs for the Caregiver, throughout the day. Ken and Cindy often share with us the impact of that CD, and specifically this song.  They tell me that...

Turn Your Eyes

The hymnal is a treasure trove of strength, comfort, and clarity. Yet, it seems that all too many churches have disconnected to they hymnal. One of my earliest memories is of my mother showing me the pages of the hymnal as she sang in church. I could see...

The Caregiver’s Prayer

As caregivers, we often struggle with prayer ... what to pray, or even how to pray.  Watching a loved one suffer, slip away mentally, or flail about due to affliction is a crushing and painful experience.  Mounting bills, relentless drama, and unyielding heartache...

A Fifty Year Journey Like No Other

On Sunday, 7/30/1967, Lyndon Johnson served as President and the national debt was 330 billion.  Six months into his first term, Ronald Reagan served as governor of California. Overseas, Vietnam drained our country's youth and unity, while domestically,...

Dorcas is Standing With Hope and Walking For Life

From the moment we met Dorcas, she captured our hearts. A wide-eyed, seven-year-old, Dorcas hardly spoke a word, while staring intently at a group of strangers gathered around her. An unfortunate incident with a scorpion caused her right foot to become infected. The...

The Delta Doctrine for Caregivers

THE DELTA DOCTRINE One day, while flying to Atlanta on Delta Airlines, (Duh,Everything Leaves Through Atlanta), I discovered that flight attendants state the best advice for caregivers—all day long: “In the unlikely event of the loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks...

Why Do Faith Healers Wear Glasses?

From HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER: Many people living with chronic suffering know from experience that some churches can be hazardous to your faith. The hurting who seek comfort in churches may often encounter those often pounce on those faced with affliction. Brandishing...

Robert Morgan: Pastor, Author, and Caregiver

Robert J. Morgan is the teaching pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee.   Dr. Morgan has faithfully served that congregation for 35 years.  He is also a best-selling and Gold-Medallion winning writer. Dr. Morgan has more than 35 books in print and...

Because He Lives

Joni Tada and Gracie Rosenberger join voices to sing the classic hymn by Bill and Gloria Gaither. The Gaither's timeless song now appears as a staple in virtually every hymnal.   While beloved by millions, two special women bring a depth to this classic Gaither...

Inmates Volunteer To Recycle Prosthetic Limbs

Since 2011, numerous inmates at a local correctional facility have volunteered to help us with our prosthetic limb recycling program. I recently took a few hours to meet with some of the newer men working there, and listened to their journeys.  Once qualifying for...

Abide With Me: A Mother’s Day Story

Walking alone on a street in Augusta, a twelve-year-old girl made her way to and from the Methodist church near her home.  Clutching her Bible and purse, she comforted herself on the lonely walk by singing the hymn, Abide With Me. For such a young girl, she carried a...

Caregivers and Isolation

Alone, Adrift, Lost—the isolation of a caregiver. In  a  recent  article  in  the Washington Post, the reporter discussed a British survey of retired individuals and the impact of social engagement or isolation on their lifespan. But people who were members of social...

You Can’t Play a Piano With Clenched Fists

Caregivers and Resentment Resentment often feels like a regular companion for caregivers.  It comes in flash points when we feel presumed upon, undervalued, and unappreciated. That resentment, however, cripples us as caregivers far more than it negatively affects...

This Disability Parking Space Label Is Right

Visitors Only Following a 1983 car accident leaving her significantly disabled, Gracie, returned to Nashville's Belmont University to resume music studies.  Due to her extensive injuries, Belmont installed a parking space for Gracie—beside what was then the school of...

Jeff Foxworthy Calls The Show

Superstar comedian, Jeff Foxworthy, called the show to celebrate our 200th episode.  Sharing his own journey as a caregiver, he also voiced his support for fellow caregivers and affirmed his love of our show.  Jeff also took some time to poignantly share moments when...

Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Four years ago, I nearly died …twice.  A wave of challenges all hit at the same time: serious drug-resistant infections, broken vertebra in my back from a fall, an open wound on my left leg, crippling arthritis from the massive breaks and 70+ surgeries, and a nearly...

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