Category Archives: Notes from Thomas Mitchinson

Lunch with Jesus

Every year I read The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews.  It is a novel about a young man facing huge crises in his life, and after a car accident he finds himself traveling through time.  He is met by various … Continue reading

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Hope in the midst of disaster

The hurricanes that resulted in devastation in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean Islands, have also brought out the best in mankind – as millions of dollars are being raised and first responders are performing heroic acts beyond measure. As we … Continue reading

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Stability when the winds of change blow

As summer turns to fall in Illinois, the wonderful warm days of Indian summer arrive. This is a time of change, not only in the weather, as days become shorter and nights chillier, but often a time of personal changes … Continue reading

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Giving others the respect they deserve

A recent post in the Io Triumphe!, the alumnae magazine of Albion College (my wife’s alma mater), highlighted an effort by 75 student athletes to promote respect despite differences among students.  Some of their social media posts quoted here showed … Continue reading

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A way out of crime

This piece originally appeared in the Daily Herald.  Here is the link: http://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20170629/a-way-out-of-crime Good news for New York can be good news for Illinois.  New York City has achieved one of the lowest crime rates the metropolis has ever seen. … Continue reading

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The importance of compassion in healthcare

Early in my spiritual healing practice I went to visit a homeless man who was living temporarily in a motel. He was suffering from extreme mental distress and intense fear.  I talked to him for a while, sharing ideas I hoped … Continue reading

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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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