NO ONE GETS TO THE FAR SIDE of life without experiencing profound loss. Family members and friends die. Health crises come. Unwanted change arrives unannounced. At times it seems that too much has been unfairly snatched from your life.
God understands. God has felt the warm tears when you have mourned, has been moved by what moved you. God understands the emotional and physical exhaustion that comes with loss.
God doesn’t turn away from your sorrow. God knows the grief of leaving a home where you created memories. God shares the pain of watching your independence slip away. God understands the sadness in watching friends move away and wondering if you will ever see them again. …
Aging brings change. Some events, like the death of a loved one, cannot be undone. But your attitude and how you choose to live out your days can be changed. Write down ways that you can make positive change in your life. Maybe you could improve your diet or engage in more mental activity. Perhaps you could increase your prayer time. Then ask for God’s help to carry out these changes. Check your list regularly and hold yourself accountable.
- Missy Buchanan
From pages 16-17 of Aging Faithfully: 28 Days of Prayer by Missy Buchanan. Copyright © 2011 by Missy Buchanan. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Your glory, O Israel, lies slain upon your high places! How the mighty have fallen!
2 Samuel 1:19, NRSV
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This week we remember Irenaeus (June 28).
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