We won’t celebrate with dining and dancing this year. My anniversary waltz will take place in my heart as I admire the altar flowers when we go to church today. I ordered the flowers in celebration of my years with Bob but also in thanksgiving for a God who never quits on me. God’s love is everlasting regardless of debilitations of mind, body, or soul. Like a father, God stoops down, picks up his children, and holds them next to his cheek—so loving and intimate.
—Nell E. Noonan, Not Alone: Encouragement for Caregivers (Upper Room Books, 2009)
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I [God] led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love.
I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheek.
—Hosea 11:4 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change those things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference. Amen.
—Prayer attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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