Category Archives: Notes from Thomas Mitchinson

Praying for our troops

Memorial Day gives us the opportunity to remember those who have served this country in the armed forces and those who are currently serving.  While many of us fly our flags and have tears in our eyes when soldiers come … Continue reading

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Easing the stress of motherhood

As Mother’s Day approaches, I wish a Happy Mother’s Day to every mom out there!  The demands on today’s moms are great.  Babies and toddlers need constant care, and as children grow there is homework to supervise, sports or dance … Continue reading

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Loving Jesus

I love Jesus.  When I think of the blessings that have been brought into my life as a result of his teachings and experience, I am filled with awe.  Jesus is a voice for the ages, no matter who we are.  The Christ, … Continue reading

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Defeating professional burn-out

I recently attended the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network Conference in Chicago.  Various participants spoke to me about the challenges faced by hospice and hospital chaplains, nurses, social workers and other healthcare providers, and a repeated theme was professional burnout.  According to … Continue reading

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Prayer as healthcare?

I recently had a conversation with someone about health care.  When I told him that I was a Christian Scientist and depended upon prayer for the cure of illness, he mentioned that he felt Christian Science was “out there.”  He … Continue reading

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Dissecting thought

          A few years ago, my son took a college class in anatomy for his education degree.  One of his three-hour labs entailed dissecting a cat to review the parts and systems of the body for confirmation of what they had studied in class. … Continue reading

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Meeting the human need – women’s accomplishments rediscovered in March

As March is National Women’s History Month, I’d like to recognize the achievements of two women.  Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, expressed exemplary devotion to humanity as a nurse.  This is summed up in her famous … Continue reading

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What is a Christian Science Reading Room?

I was in college and had just started a new part-time job at a florist and gift shop.  One day the store’s buyer asked me to hang some new paintings throughout the store.  “Don’t lose my hammer!” she told me as I left … Continue reading

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What do Abraham Lincoln, Mary Baker Eddy and a chaplain at Cook County Jail have in common?

I love to walk through Springfield – to pass Lincoln’s beautiful home on 8th Street (with its wooden sidewalks), the old Capitol building, his former law offices and the place where he attended church.  On my recent stay there, I … Continue reading

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“A Friend like Me!”

My children grew up loving the Disney-animated movie “Aladdin.”   One of their favorite parts was when the genie sings the song, “A friend like me.”  The lyrics include the words, “You ain’t never had a friend like me” – which … Continue reading

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