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Twice, the United States came to the rescue of Hysen Hamzaj’s family. The first time was in 1999 when family members immigrated to the U.S. from Macedonia as refugees from the Kosovo War. The second time was in 2016, when doctors saved the lives of his wife, Magbule, and their infant son, Aron, who was born prematurely. It was, says Hysen, a miracle.

Asare Christian is no stranger to the suffering of others. Growing up in his native Ghana, the affable physician witnessed the inadequacies of a medical system ill-equipped to deal with the litany of illness, disease, developmental disability, and trauma all too familiar to the people of Ghana from small villages to big cities.

Mary Anne Weiss has more than six decades of memories of a good and loving marriage to her late husband, the Rev. Harold Weiss. One vivid memory takes her back to the days when Hal, as many called him, would come to help out on her father’s farm near a small town bearing the quaint name of Yellow House, near Boyertown, Pa.

Christmas only comes once a year, but for Scott McCall, a resident of the Good Shepherd Home Raker Center, it’s never very far from his mind. And how could it be, with one of the other residents singing Christmas songs throughout the year? And that suits Scott just fine.

Hat. Check. Sunscreen and sunglasses. Check. Floatation device. Check. Edwin Zajac, a resident of the Good Shepherd Home – Bethlehem, was ready and raring to go. Now all he had to do was wait for his boat to come in. When it did, a big smile crossed his face in anticipation of an exciting ride on a motor boat with the wind in his face and the spray of whitewater spewing behind him.

By Chaplain Paul Xander

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Put on my yoke, and learn from me. I’m gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves. My yoke is easy to bear, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Good Shepherd’s Women’s Circle capped off its 2016-2017 year by awarding $70,000 plus an additional $5,000 from an anonymous angel to three worthy programs. The group’s annual meeting was held at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Emily Howatt Pliskatt Pediatric Unit on June 28.

It was a conversation no parent wants to have. There was the familiar ring of the doorbell announcing a visitor, but when Helene Pheiffer went to answer, it was not a friend come to call, it was a policeman with sickening news.

“Do you have a daughter who drives a blue Chevy Cavalier?” he asked. There had been  an accident.