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L.O.V.E. C.A.M.E.

Posted on 19 August, 2017 at 0:40 Comments comments (0)


“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds, you have been healed” (I Peter 2:24, NIV).


Love of Christ shine out of me


Open hands of Christ to suffering humanity


Valiant spirit of Christ, help me fight against inhumanity

 

Enfold me in a far greater humility



Christ who died carrying the weight of your sin to the cross


asks you would pray,


“Make me free from sin’s captivity.

 

Erase all the wounds in me.”


Kevin and Karen Osborne are psychotherapists and pastoral counselors. Kevin is going to be a chaplain. He also feels called to be a professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. Karen is the Director of a women’s abuse shelter. She enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppets, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy teddy bear, and Mike the Moose from Matheson. This is a small town in northern Ontario, Canada, an hour’s drive south of the city of Timmins. Dr. Teddy and Mike the Moose from Matheson are consultants with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.

 

Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog

Father, how can You ask me to forgive?

Posted on 9 August, 2017 at 0:30 Comments comments (0)


This thought from C.S. Lewis seems to ask too much of us. If we are to be who God created us to be, then we must make that difficult voyage from how others have hurt us to forgive them. Our Father asks tough things from His children. He asked even tougher things of His Son in calling Him to forgive those responsible for His death. Let those words of passionate love spoken from a man enduring agonizing suffering on the cross for sinful humanity be etched upon our memory. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34 KJV).


True love means the willingness to forgive others for how they have hurt you. But we must go there to be the people God is creating us to be. If we stop mid-stream and harbor unforgiveness, we hurt not only ourselves but all those around us. I share some thoughts about how tough that journey can be.


I prayed yesterday about the thoughts I shared about our old microwave.


I thought even though the piece was serious that the humor of it came out of the situation, but Karen had a different perspective. She said it revealed a feeling of being beleaguered and a lot of pent up frustration and anger. I would have far preferred to keep my pain silent, but to do so would be to fail our Father and you as my readers. I am called to be real with you regardless of how difficult that is. Showing you the parts of my character God is still working on is uncomfortable, but for my writing on matters of Christian maturity to be as meaningful as it should be, I need to show you some of the imperfections in me. The truth is a dear friend I trusted hurt me by the things she said to me in a private message. I had invested a lot of my time helping her, but this is the reality of life. You will always have people who hurt you by the things they do and say. I only need cite the malicious hate of others displayed on social media platforms such as Facebook. I know a dearly beloved friend who makes limited appearances on Facebook because of the poisonous venom of others attacking her for her faith. Why do people do cruel things like this? It’s because they like all of us are on a journey of being perfected in love. You will always encounter people who find it too much hard work to deal with their issues. Instead of doing this they will seek to make you feel guilty for the situation they created through their own disobedience to God.


The important thing to remember is to keep loving them as Christ calls you to, and pray for them. This is the true test of love – caring when the hurt within you says not to, when the pain gets entrenched so deep inside you, that it would seem easier to bury it, to not look at it, and to say you’re weak for allowing the thoughts of a friend to affect you so much. The training from our past says to have a tougher skin, but these are all lies. Being wounded is not the sin. Carrying that within your heart, and letting it ruin your life is.


When you are deeply hurt knowing God specializes in fixing the brokenness in others can be so tough to remember. In my marriage to Karen, I can either have a marriage or insist on my right to be right. God calls us as Christians to a higher standard of forgiveness. If God is so willing to forgive the sin in us why aren’t we as willing to forgive others for theirs? I know. The wounds those you trust inflict upon you can run so deep. It seems impossible to forgive. For some of us, that journey takes longer than others. God knows your hurt more than anyone else. He is there waiting to hear you say. “Father, I choose to forgive those who have harmed me. I ask You to carry out that forgiveness in my heart.” Let all the hate out, and let God in. Allow Him to love on you. Give Him the permission to take the healing balm of His Son’s love, and pour it all over you. Let the tears come, and the healing rain flow.


I said to Karen, “Darling, it would be easier for me if I didn’t care about people so much.” She looked at me with tenderness as she said, “Darling, that’s what makes you such an effective therapist. You show a willingness to be vulnerable. Never lose that. You can’t help others if you only give a part of yourself.”


Karen speaks the truths I need to hear. Perhaps, what I share will help others out there who are struggling with forgiving the terrible harm inflicted upon you.


I pray these thoughts have helped you in some way.


Keep loving others. It’s the greatest gift you have to offer wounded lives. In giving love from the heart of Christ’s compassion within you, rivers of inner healing can flow into their lives and yours.


Let Christ’s love and forgiveness for the inexcusable be at the heart of who you are.


Kevin and Karen Osborne are psychotherapists and pastoral counselors. Kevin is going to be a chaplain. He also feels called to be a professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. Karen is the Director of a women’s abuse shelter. She enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppets, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy teddy bear, and Mike the Moose from Matheson. This is a small town in northern Ontario, Canada, an hour’s drive south of the city of Timmins. Dr. Teddy and Mike the Moose from Matheson are consultants with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.

Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog

Ode to a Microwave

Posted on 7 August, 2017 at 11:45 Comments comments (0)


The other day our microwave went kaput.

I felt like kicking it with my foot.

When I heard a snapping sound as I tried to open the door,

it fought back at me and gave me what for.


It was holding my hot chicken noodle soup captive.

Let’s just say I got over-reactive.

I got so angry at it swear words I did say.

I was determined for holding my lunch hostage,

it would dearly pay.


I said to the microwave, “I’ll get back at you.

You just wait and see what I do!”

Knowing the microwave was toast,

a knife from the cutting block I did get,

and after about an hour I finally

got my chicken noodle soup free.

I said to this taunting microwave,

“Hee! Hee! Hee!”


I was exhausted from fighting with the microwave.

I knew to explain all that happened to my wife Karen,

my energy I would need to save.

I slept the rest of the afternoon.

When I woke up Karen was there.

She must have seen the fatigue in my face,

because she looked concerned as she looked at me and said,

“Darling, what kind of day did you have?”


I told her about my noble battle with the microwave.

I knew she would empathize with me.

She recalled years ago when we thought our microwave was history.

But when we thought it was gone,

no lights, no power in it did we see,

we thought that’s the end of our microwave.

We’ll have to get another one,

the microwave, it came back on.


We looked at the cost of a new one from other stores,

but thought their prices were way too high.

We decided from Kijiji a microwave we would buy.

We got a name-brand one from Kijiji

because the price was right.

In fact, to use an expression from the 1970s, “It was out of sight!”


We’ll always miss our old microwave.

Like a good friend, you get used to it.

But like all the tough times we have in life,

when people hurt us by the things without thinking they say,

I believe God brings people to help us through our inner pain.

They are there with us as our inner strength we regain.

They are those caring people our Father brings our way,

so through our hurt, we can see hope for our brighter day.


Kevin and Karen Osborne are psychotherapists and pastoral counselors. Kevin is going to be a chaplain. He also feels called to be a professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. Karen is the Director of a women’s abuse shelter. She enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppets, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy teddy bear, and Mike the Moose from Matheson. This is a small town in northern Ontario, Canada, an hour’s drive south of the city of Timmins. Dr. Teddy and Mike the Moose from Matheson are consultants with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.

Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog

Community is You and I

Posted on 31 July, 2017 at 15:45 Comments comments (0)


These children know what community is; it’s one person helping another; it’s everyone offering their piece of the puzzle to address an issue affecting their community. 

“Community is not an ideal; it is people. It is you and I. In community we are called to love people just as they are with their wounds and their gifts, not as we want them to be.” -Jean Vanier

It’s all of us pulling together to make our communities a better place to live. How do we do that? We recognize that the solutions to society’s problems lie in the collective ideas of others. Each of us has a piece of the puzzle of how to make our community much more than it already is. We work together to see how each idea offered is part of solving that puzzle.

Through our wounds, we share something of ourselves with those who need to hear a message of hope. Our struggles and how we have overcome need to be a part of the conversation of dealing with issues such as poverty. There are all kinds of answers on how to more successfully deal with poverty in our society. We need to sit down together and really listen to one another. We need to value that one person’s thoughts on how to reduce poverty are just as valid as another’s. It’s all part of a larger and much more important goal of all of us doing the hard work together to support one another in our communities.

Community to a starving person is someone offering meals to that individual. It seems such a simple thing, and yet it doesn’t happen as much as it should. There is often a silent judgment of those who for whatever reason are poor. I have learned from a young African man that community to him is someone who is willing to offer him a university scholarship, so he can get a good job to support his family. In affluent countries little is thought of the blessing of three meals every day to those who aren’t impacted by poverty. But to this young African man having even one meal in the day to feed him and his family would be a blessing beyond value.

What community is to each person is different. The essential message though is the same. It’s one person reaching out to help another person.

Community to Jean Vanier is finding the message of unconditional love in the residents with developmental challenges he works with. He would say that their number one question is this: Will you love me? Having looked into the eyes of these adults with beautiful child-like minds when I was on retreat at L’Arche, I have learned what community means to them. It is love with two open hands of acceptance.

We can learn a lot about what community should mean by spending time with these wise adults.

Love in action is the message of their community. Let’s do all we can working together to make it the reason for ours.

Kevin and Karen Osborne are psychotherapists and pastoral counselors. Kevin is going to be a chaplain. He also feels called to be a professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. Karen is the Director of a women’s abuse shelter. She enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppets, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy teddy bear, and Mike the Moose from Matheson. This is a small town in northern Ontario, Canada, an hour’s drive south of the city of Timmins. Dr. Teddy and Mike the Moose from Matheson are consultants with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.

 

Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog

In Stillness We Hear

Posted on 18 July, 2017 at 13:05 Comments comments (0)



Father, slow down our minds so, like a child listening to a seashell, we take the time to hear the sounds of Your peace.


Have we been rushing too much, failing to listen to lessons taught by You in quietness? Please forgive us. Have we confused Your plan with ours? Give us clarity. Have we been so busy that we have made deals with You about the amount of time we are called to be still and know that You are God? O, draw us to that peaceful place where we will take the time to restore our weary souls. Have we thought doing is being? Help us to be more listeners than doers, for it is in truly hearing You, we can feel Your guidance if we allow ourselves to. Let us all take time in the noise of life to be quiet before You. Let these blind eyes see, feel and know You more deeply. Amen.

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Kevin and Karen Osborne are psychotherapists and pastoral counselors. Kevin is going to be a chaplain. He also feels called to be a professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. Karen is the Director of a women’s abuse shelter. She enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppets, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy teddy bear, and Mike the Moose from Matheson. This is a small town in northern Ontario, Canada, an hour’s drive south of the city of Timmins. Dr. Teddy and Mike the Moose from Matheson are consultants with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.

Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog

Who am I?

Posted on 5 July, 2017 at 0:55 Comments comments (0)


We deal with people who wonder what their purpose is in life. Their abuser has robbed them of their identity as human beings. They can feel ugly and question their value as people. They and others who have been hurt by ill-thought or deliberately cruel comments can end up wandering through life like a wave upon the ocean. The song Who am I? has a message for all of us to not feel we go through life all alone. I believe God carries us through life’s problems even when we fail to see it or believe it. As you listen to this song ask yourself this question: Who are you? I pray you’ll discover if only for the first time you are a beautiful creation of God, whom He loves with an everlasting love. If you need someone to talk with about where you are in life, and where you would like to be, or you know someone who could use our help, please send my wife Karen and I a message to [email protected] Our phone number is (705)316-0725. We will listen, and where we can we’ll help. NO ONE will EVER be turned away. Something can always be worked out. We didn’t become counselors to get rich. We trained many years to become counselors to help the hurting heal. Reach out for our helping hand to be with you through whatever you are going through. We’ll stand with you through it all because we believe our Father walks with us.

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Kevin and Karen Osborne are psychotherapists and pastoral counselors. Kevin is going to be a chaplain. He also feels called to be a professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. Karen is the Director of a women's abuse shelter. She enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppets, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy teddy bear, and Mike the Moose from Matheson. This is a small town in northern Ontario, Canada, an hour's drive south of the city of Timmins. Dr. Teddy and Mike the Moose from Matheson are consultants with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.

Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog




Heart Prayer

Posted on 22 June, 2017 at 0:30 Comments comments (0)


Dear reader:


I share this song lyric that is also a prayer. I pray it reaches you and others in the way needed. Please as God leads share it with others. Just tell them it’s a gift from our Father to them.


You, o Lord comfort me


Draw me close to You


Words can never fully say how much I love You

 

How could I a sinner describe such amazing love?


Love that spoke life into others amid all the hate

Your Son willing to die for me

 

Cleansing blood of Calvary


Sin’s stains washed away

Darkness of life’s night turned into day



Chorus:


Lord, I lift my heart to You in prayer


I’m so thankful You’re there


Knowing I can share with You all my heart


That’s where healing love does start




You hear my tears when life gets rough

 

When others hurt me with things they do and say


You call me to forgive them, Lord


That’s not always easy for me


I know when I give my pain to You

 

You hear me like no human being ever could


Such a heavy weight is lifted from me

 

when I let go of all the hate to You

 

Lay it on Your altar, Lord



Chorus:

 

Lord, I lift my heart to You in prayer


I’m so thankful You’re there


Knowing I can share with You all my heart


That’s where healing love does start



Each day I live for You, o Lord

 

Each breath You give me

 

Give me the strength to do Your will


Teach others about the love that sets them free

 

Be always willing to stretch out a helping hand


to those precious souls, You bring to me


How can I ever thank You enough for


the work You’re doing in me?

I lift my heart to You in prayer


 

Chorus:


Lord, I lift my heart to You in prayer

 

I’m so thankful You’re there


Knowing I can share with You all my heart

 

That’s where healing love does start



Kevin and Karen Osborne are psychotherapists and pastoral counsellors. Kevin is studying to become a chaplain and professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. Karen enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppet, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy bear. He is a partner with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy pastors and ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.


Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog

Call to Care from Chrissy Archibald's Family

Posted on 6 June, 2017 at 0:30 Comments comments (0)



Photo: Courtesy of the Archibald family


This question keeps running through my mind. Why do terrorists hate strangers so much? I can understand the process of indoctrination of hate present from one’s childhood. But I have yet to hear anyone be able to explain to me one good thing hate does. One of the messages from one of the people who was up close with one of the terrorists was this: “I saw the hate in his eyes.” When we hate someone there is usually a reason for it. Those murdered and wounded in the most recent London and Manchester terror attacks did nothing to warrant being victimized.


As a Canadian, I am appalled by the murder of fellow Canadian, Chrissy Archibald. This young woman who worked at a homeless shelter before leaving for Europe to be with her fiancé was a giver. Her light will be missed by her family, friends, colleagues, and all of us. Many parents who lose their sons and daughters to cruel acts of terrorism are understandably filled with rage and demand vengeance. Yet, Chrissy’s parents encourage us to love others. They ask that we would volunteer at a shelter or donate to a worthy cause. “Tell them Chrissy sent you” will resonate in our hearts and minds for a long time.

 

I echo the call of Chrissy’s parents for a call to love, not hate, intolerance and indifference. That is what terrorism represents. They want you to be like them. I urge you not to give these haters of compassion that satisfaction.

 

Make your life count for something. Let it be said of you that you did your best to care for people in their time of need. Be that listening ear.

 

Let there be a revolution of caring that changes people’s lives for the better.


Be the best you, you can be.

 

I think that would make Chrissy smile.


Kevin and Karen Osborne are psychotherapists and pastoral counsellors. Kevin is studying to become a chaplain and professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. Karen enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppet, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy bear. He is a partner with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy pastors and ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.

 

Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog

Two Open Hands

Posted on 2 June, 2017 at 11:30 Comments comments (0)


I looked into my heart today

Saw yet what needs to change in me

A greater love for suffering humanity

The call to be a chaplain, a professor of Psychology and

Pastoral Theology I feel

For that calling, I will need your prayers

As I learn more about sharing the hope I have

May it be to the hurting a healing salve


I kneel before the Father knowing of my own humanity

I wouldn’t have the strength for this call

I wouldn’t be able to love one and all


Lord, I thank you for the gift of Karen my wife

She loves me through all kinds of strife

Encourages me to see me as You see me

A sinner saved by grace at the cross of Calvary

You gave Your one and only Son there

that others would be able to cast on Him their every care

To be free from evil’s tyranny

To truly know Your love that sets us free


Karen sees who I yet can be

as I put my trust in Thee

Over 35 years ago I gave myself to You

in no have measure

To call people to receive Heaven’s eternal treasure


I stumble along life’s way

Get up again and try all the more

to live the purpose I’m here for

To encourage others to no longer be a slave to sin

To know Your joy that flows within


Father, show me how to love that searching soul

That one who has felt life’s heavy toll

To be there with two open hands

Point that person to the One who understands

The God who hears our faintest cry

The amazing love of You, our Father Adonai


I lift my soul in prayer

for all of you who are struggling out there

I hope with all my heart

you will give two open hands to the God who sees you

He who knows everything about you

Sees your sin

Yet wants to have it cleansed

Have you experience new life within


He is there even if you think He is not

There to cleanse each dark spot

To remove all the rot

To fashion you into the person He wants you to be

To have you feel His love from now into eternity


Kevin and Karen Osborne are psychotherapists and pastoral counsellors. Kevin is studying to become a chaplain and professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. Karen enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppet, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy bear. He is a partner with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy pastors and ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.

Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog


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Spirit Wings of Grace for All

Posted on 29 April, 2017 at 13:00 Comments comments (0)


Father, please give us spirit wings of grace to fly

To bask in the love of You, our Father Adonai

We ask for love poured out and running over

Feeling the freedom and joy of sins forgiven

Called to Your purpose for our life


Help those who are in burnout

Who don’t feel Your presence

Life for them has lost its essence

Like the town water pump they are

Giving of their life until there is nothing left

Feeling abandoned by You

Feeling abandoned by others

Lost in all of their responsibilities

Seeking not to show their vulnerabilities


Show them how You have never left

When they feel so deeply bereft

Bring into their lives people who care

Who show by their love they are there


Speak to those who are in burnout

That You never called them to that

We get so caught up in the unreasonable expectations of others and ourselves

Look around for help finding none there

Told that it’s our fault


Church and community need to show compassion to those in burnout

How can we say we wear Your wings of grace when we fail to support those in burnout?

Don’t they like Your prophet Elijah need to have time their inner and physical strength to renew?


Father, when we see precious souls in burnout, give us the love to come alongside them.

Tell them, “It’s time to take time out.

I care about you too much to leave you all alone

You need a break from all you do to feel how much God loves you."


"God doesn’t call any one of us to give until we feel empty inside

If we do that how can the peace that passes all understanding in us abide?

We can become resentful of those we are called to help

Feel guilty inside for feeling this way

Be caught in a never-ending depressing dark night

Lost in the darkness

Fail to see light

Get physically and emotionally ill

The light of caring in us kill”


"Let a renewed hope be in our speech

Our thoughts

Our words

Our actions


Springtime comes breathing into us its life

A new song is sung of love conquering hate

Caring for that one soul to heal abuse inflicted

Changing our community one life at a time


Let all things green in nature remind us of the best in us

Love freely given

Laughter

That caring hand when it is needed most

Life in far too much death

Too much terror

Too much pain

Too much suffering

Too much agony”


Our Father spoke these thoughts into my heart:

“Please remember, I always love you

For you I always care

For you I’ll always be there

There’s not a tear you shed I don’t feel

My love for you is always real


When you cry out to Me in the lonely night or at anytime

I always hear You

I always listen

I’m always there

Never forget any care with Me you can share


I need your voice among many

Calling community to help all who are treated with cruelty

Showing the courage of your convictions

Compassion’s gift to wounded lives.”


I asked this question of our Father in prayer:

“How can we have the spirit wings of grace?”

He said, “See the potential in each human face.”

I said, “How do I do that?”

He said, “Look with spiritual eyes of love

See the best within each one to you I send

Tell them about My love that has no end

Never judge them for who you perceive they are

You miss seeing so much by judging others with your physical sight

You’ll see only their darkness, none of their light


Tell them I care for them no matter what their sin

I want them to have My peace within

A joy that alcohol and drugs won’t give them

An enduring happiness that all the world’s temptations cannot give


Lust is not love

It’s not the stuff a lasting marriage is made up of

There must be that spark of love I ignite

A mutual respect for one another

Seeking to help the other develop to their potential in Me


Tell others about a purpose that for them is uniquely designed

In doing that my spirit wings of grace for all you will wear

Because you took the time to care.”


Kevin and Karen Osborne are psychotherapists and pastoral counsellors. Kevin is studying to become a chaplain and professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. Karen enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppet, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy bear. He is a partner with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy pastors and ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.

Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog




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