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Today’s Reflection

Voices of the Aging Parent

It’s easy to get stuck in a muddy rut on Memory Lane.
I intend to go for just a short drive but end up lost
in the Good Ol’ Days.
Just a glance at an old photo lures me to a time when life seemed
better, easier.
I had more energy and fewer aches and pains.
Life was less complicated and more inviting.
Back in the Good Ol’ Days, I felt vibrant, purposeful, needed,
and loved.
But, Lord, I don’t want to be that person who lives in the past,
who refuses to budge from how it’s always been.
When I feel nostalgiac for life as it once was, steer me
back to the present.
Show me how to visit those long-ago days without getting
lost in time.
If I spend too much time reliving the yesterdays of my life,
I will miss the blessings you give me today.
On this day I will cling to the promise that you will indeed do
something new—something unexpected—in my life
On those days when I glance in the rearview mirror, let me see
the long road of your faithfulness in my life.

—Missy Buchanan
Voices of Aging: Adult Children and Aging Parents Talk with God

From page 33 of Voices of Aging: Adult Children and Aging Parents Talk with God by Missy Buchanan. Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What tempts you to dwell too long in the past?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Do not remember the former things,
or consider the things of old.
I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
—Isaiah 43:18-19, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Dear Lord, Give me eyes to see beyond the stresses of my current situation.

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  • Jill May 24, 2019, 4:24 am

    Yes, please, let me see the long road of Your faithfulness in my life.
    I think my very good memory is sometimes a detriment. I have strong, vivid memories, many memories. Of blessings and struggles. And, yes, the struggles can be more prominent, if not being aware of the evil one’s ways. Sometimes it is wanting to return to the past, to “better times”. As my thoughts trace back to February of a year ago, there can be a flood of emotions. The whole gamut. I am so grateful that despite the ache of remembrance – I am reassured anew of His Presence, indeed His faithfulness, and His sustaining Grace. Thank You, Father.
    One of the songs from last evening was Blessed Assurance. These days, there are words that I have sang mindlessly for years, decades – and they just roll of my tongue without much thought. But – if I am mindful, these words take on fresh meaning and are to be savored – for there is so much truth in them.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling May 24, 2019, 6:52 am

    Lord, indeed when I look back, great is thy faithfulness!

    Blessings to all and have a wonderful weekend!

  • robert moeller May 24, 2019, 7:13 am

    In today’s world the past is more visible than ever. Photography started us off, now there are far more ways to go back to the past. It’s easy to go where the record of our existence is. Can’t see into the future in the same way. Even the Bible comes from the past.

    That doesn’t mean we should dwell there, those days are gone, we only have the record of them.

    Expecting some good news today, the appraisal report should be done, very hopeful it will help make the move possible.

    Prayers for a positive future for all knowing that there will be bumps in the road of all sizes. God is with us always and makes the difference. Thank You, Lord.

  • Lou May 24, 2019, 7:43 am

    This struck a chord with me – I loved my life when my house was full and noisy and happy- the more around my table the better- a pile of shoes at the front door- always baking cookies for a gaggle of kids- most weeks 6 sports practices and 3-4 games to watch a week- oh I loved it all. And now I face a house with just me and my tiny dog in September. Lord- help me find new paths and guide me in the way that you will have me go. I want to look ahead and not behind but it is difficult – I need God to guide me. I’m thinking Connie needs to chime in here with a hymn- what’s the one – if you but trust in Him to guide thee…
    I’m trusting – I have faith – some days it is thinner but I am listening Lord-
    Prayers Robert – that all goes well for you today- prayers for good news and completion and moving ahead – prayers for all at the ur today. God knows best – He will guide us all.

    • Connie May 24, 2019, 8:41 am

      “Trust and Obey, there is no better way”

      • Lou May 25, 2019, 6:06 am

        Thank you.

  • Julie May 24, 2019, 8:16 am

    Ah yes, the past, so sweet and it draws us inn. I do not just look back longingly but also wish I could go back and change so many choices I made. I have a tendency to beat myself up over such poor choices. I try to temper this with the knowledge that I had no way of knowing how people would change.
    Prayers for Jill and larry and a nice night together with good music.
    Prayers for Mary and her father, may his appetitie and strength improve and may she have time to herself this weekend.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich, may today bring the good news and may the move prove fruitful for both.
    Prayers for Lou and her future, may God use this new phase for His good.
    Prayers for Marcy, may her health improve.
    Prayers for Connie and new flowers and old hummers.
    prayers for Betsy and her family and good job news.
    Prayers for Andrea and Lowell and continued healing.
    Prayers and blessings and warm hugs and thank you dear UR family

  • Andrea May 24, 2019, 8:16 am

    I am grateful for the blessings I have as I get older. I struggled through hard times in earlier years. Faith got me through but they were difficult years and I don’t look back. Meeting Lowell was a turning point and I thank God for him. Physical aches and pains have cropped up but blessings far out-number them. I worry about aging but trust in God. God is faithful.

    I pray for Robert’s condo purchase to go through smoothly. Prayers for all dear UR friends and visitors. Wishing all a blessed day.

  • Connie May 24, 2019, 8:47 am

    I like memories. I thank God for the wonderful life He has given me, and IS giving me. I admit it was much easier to accomplish tasks in the “good ‘ol days”, but that’s just how it goes. I am no spring chicken!
    Nothing but rain, rain, rain. “Look down my rain barrel, slide down my cellar door”. I collect rain water for my inside plants.
    Have a safe and lovely Memorial Day Weekend, dear ones.

  • Mary May 24, 2019, 10:32 am

    Missing my children.

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