The wilderness experience of aging can be lonely without the support and encouragement of others. In fact, staying connected to family and friends and to a faith community is vital to your well-being on the journey of aging. Yet maintaining those connections may become more difficult as time passes. … The importance of having a strong, supportive faith community as you grow older cannot be overstated. Take an account of your current situation. Are you trying to navigate life without a faith community at your side? How has your faith community changed over the last few years?
—Missy Buchanan, From Dry Bones to Living Hope: Embracing God’s Faithfulness in Late Life (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.
—Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)
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 Niebuhr
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