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Introducing Steve Siler I’m not even sure how we met, but it’s been a few years now. I’m so glad to call him a friend. I admire Steve’s heart of compassion and endless drive to help those who are hurting. His faith and hard work bring so much healing to many people who are going through difficult times. I hope you enjoy getting to know Steve as much I have! Todd Nigro Founder of Ellie’s Way Drink Deep: A Musical Journey through Grief by Steve Siler, Director: Music for the Soul “When someone is in pain, reading is difficult. Their eyes move across the page but they can’t really process what they are reading. That’s why music is so great. A person can just lie back and let the music wash over them.” As soon as Dr. Doris Sanford, a therapist and author of several books on emotional pain, told me that, I began to think about a doing a musical project for grief. Not long after, in 1997, my wife’s father passed quite unexpectedly. It was then that a friend of mine and I created a recording of songs called Dancing with Angels. The idea for the title song had come from my wife telling me that on the plane flight heading to her father’s funeral she had looked out the window and imagined him free and dancing on the clouds. When I founded the ministry Music for the Soul four years later it was my intention to revisit […]

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This week is National Nurses Week 2015. Thank a nurse and share a story about how a nurse has impacted your life with love and compassion. To all the nurses out there – your efforts are not forgotten and you are appreciated. Thank you for what you do every day!   Andy the Angel by Todd Nigro As we drove behind the ambulance, I was so afraid. We tried to be as positive as we could. We had been to the emergency room for other injuries and it always worked out. I convinced myself our six-year-old Ellie would be okay and home soon. I wanted to believe that modern medicine could find a way to make everything better. We arrived and were ushered into a private waiting room. A minister came into the room and offered us a prayer. We just sat there shaking and waiting. We were told that there were specialists on duty and they were doing everything possible for our little girl. I began to have some hope because she was in good hands. We were going to work through this and everything would be fine. That’s the way my life worked. Problems were faced and solved. There was a knock at the door and a doctor walked in. I was hoping for some complicated explanation about how they had worked their medical magic. The doctor sat down in front of us. With compassionate eyes and voice he said, “I’m sorry, Ellie is dead.” I can still […]

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Debbie McFarland has started something that we wanted to share with you. She has so much energy and a huge heart for serving others. Please check out her story and consider joining her amazing group on Facebook, Sparks of Kindness. One spark of kindness can ignite a wildfire! I feel that I have a fire inside of me to motivate others to be kind and help one another. I believe that God has given me this desire to show people how easy it is to be kind. Most of us do kind things often, but I am talking about deliberately searching for ways to be kind and they can be so simple. I did this previously as a temporary event during Lent and Advent. So many lives were touched and I was asked to make it a permanent thing. I kept feeling called to do this. I believe that this idea can change lives. I have seen it happen. Debbie McFarland   One spark of kindness can ignite a wildfire! Sparks of Kindness is a movement, a new way of thinking that spreads smiles with random acts of kindness. I started Sparks of Kindness because I wanted to make a change. I felt like there are so many people who want to make the world a kinder, better place for us and for our children, but they just didn’t know where to start. I thought it could start with a simple Spark. Our world has become so distant and people […]

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