Today is a great day to create a new habit of hopefulness. Recognize that you are aging in a world that is obsessed with youth. Commercials and news pundits assault you with negative thoughts about aging. One way to confront that reality is to become more aware of the time you spend watching television or scrolling through social media posts.
—Missy Buchanan, From Dry Bones to Living Hope: Embracing God’s Faithfulness in Late Life (Upper Room Books, 2021)
Ask yourself some hard questions about your media consumption. While watching news shows or reading posts on social media, do you become agitated or fearful? Can you sense your heart rate increasing when a friend posts something that directly opposes your opinion? Join the conversation.
You, O Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.
—Psalm 3:3 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.*
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*Prayer attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr
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