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Hospitality: Comfort Food for the Soul!

My church has been doing a series on hospitality for the past four weeks.  One of the pastors defined hospitality as a tangible expression of God’s love.  He said hospitality is like comfort food for the soul.  It’s like a bowl of mashed potatoes covered in butter, or a grilled cheese sandwich with a bowl of Campbell’s Tomato Soup, or maybe a plate of Ruby’s Fried Chicken and her famous collard greens.  When you bite into your favorite comfort food cooked by someone who cares enough for you to prepare ...
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A Holy Nap

On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.  Genesis 2:2-4 (NLT) According to the “Good Book” rest is a holy pursuit.  It’s good, it’s needed, it’s holy, it’s godly, and it’s biblical.     Without fail every couple but one who has stayed at David’s Refuge has taken this biblical injunction and pursued it with passion.  They check ...
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Solidarity…to be in the same boat!

Today marks the fifth international Rare Disease Day.  It is a day that unites families, communities, and nations together with the common hope and belief that one day the disease that has touched their life or the life of someone they love would find a cure.  The theme this year is “Solidarity.”  It speaks of the importance and the need for collaboration and mutual support in the uphill battle of finding a cure in the field of rare diseases. The disease that robbed our son of his life, Battens Disease, ...
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I Love My Wife!

Today I am writing to share with the world my love for my wife, Brenda Pfohl!  She has been my partner, wife, and best friend for close to 28 years.   We have walked together through both thick and thin.  We were blessed with the privilege of raising three wonderful boys who we love and are so proud of.  Our journey together included watching our second son, David; succumb to the ravages of Battens Disease.   As it robbed David of sight, cognition, and physical ability we clung to each other, often ...
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“Someone else deserves this more than I do.”

Whenever I meet a family who has a child with a special need or who has a potentially life threatening disease it doesn’t take me very long to start talking about David’s Refuge.  I explain who we are and quickly invite them to consider coming to spend a few days as our guest.  Each family I talk to is unique.  Some have been caretakers for years; others have just started their first few wobbly steps on the journey of caring for their child.  Some have children with definitive multiple challenges; ...
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