New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

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Today’s Reflection

IT TAKES HUMILITY before God to build and maintain healthy relation- ships at any age. If you seek first to understand another person, you are more likely to be understood. Make an effort to put yourself in the place of someone in a different generation and humbly ask God to give you new insight. Then as you and your loved one journey together, keep in mind an important rule for nurturing your relationship: Compliment each other openly and often; confront privately and infrequently.

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

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Today’s Question

What do you appreciate most about older adults? What do you appreciate most about youth?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time.
—1 Peter 5:6, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

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

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  • Jill Posted May 25, 2019 6:42 am

    I appreciate perspectives and life experiences in people older than I. Those who have traveled similar paths – I want to soak in all their wisdom, borne out of experience.
    I consider my past two years – and know that God is writing my story and that it will be used to help someone else along their path. This is a growing desire in me. I have been held up by a boatload of faithful pray-ers and I have a strong desire to be the faithful one now. Texts and emails that arrived at just moment I needed encouragement, I want to fulfill that role for someone else now.
    It is healing, tho really wearying, to speak my story. His grace sustains me. It is beyond encouraging to see His provision in my life.
    Grateful for today to get downright busy in my flower beds. They are prepped – let the planting begin. My god-daughter’s 16th birthday party was last evening. What a treasure to be amongst my friend’s family – their expressions of love and concern. And to watch the kids playing various games in the yard – hootin’ and hollerin’. I just took it all in.
    May all have a blessed weekend as we step in to summer.

  • Julie Posted May 25, 2019 8:09 am

    I enjoy the different perspectives of both the older and younger generations. Each has a unique vantage from which to interpret life and the world. I enjoy the stories and wisdom of the older generation and the freshness and eagerness of youth.
    Many things going on this am. H put his boat in the dock – with the assistance of the two people, a married couple, he spends his evenings with. I could tell he was waithing for me to finish excersing before thay came and I was right. I watched them from the front windows. I do not know what to think of this situation.
    Prayers and blessings and warm hugs and thank you dear UR family

    • Andrea Posted May 25, 2019 9:17 am

      I am keeping you in prayer, Julie.

      I pray too for Mary and her dad.

      Prayers for a dear UR friends.

      • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted May 25, 2019 11:48 am

        Thanks Andrea!

        May God bless you and your family abundantly!

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted May 25, 2019 8:34 am

    Julie, may your situation improve and may God protect you from all and danger.

    For older adults, I can seek their advice and observe how their lives make a difference to others.

    To the young, I can mentor, counsel and help them to choose wisely. Sometimes, by listening to them, I also learn new things.

    Thank you God for blessing me with the older adults and youth in my life. May I be humble and teachable to learn at all times.

    Blessings to all and may all rest well!

    • Connie Posted May 25, 2019 9:02 am

      Yes Julie, stay safe and aware at all times.
      Mary, thinking of your Dad.

      • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted May 25, 2019 9:08 am

        Thanks Connie!

        Dad is better. Only these days he doesn’t eat much so he does not have strength to walk. He’s sleeping better now.

        May God bless you and your family abundantly, Connie!

  • Connie Posted May 25, 2019 9:00 am

    Older people have such resilience and young people have such optimism and joy of life. I enjoy people in every stage of life as I go along my journey.
    I have always wanted to grow old with dignity….sometimes not so successful!
    I put a little peanut butter on a few spoon size shredded wheat. Soon I saw a chipmunk get a big drink. I think I know who the diner was. A squirrel took off with one of them.
    Off to the cemeteries. I don’t like to drive out of town, but will do it. I go the “back roads”.

  • robert moeller Posted May 25, 2019 9:50 am

    A more difficult but relevant reflection for me. Will ponder this on my walk today.

    Hoped for the appraisal results yesterday, but nothing showed up. Wasn’t able to contact teachers’ pension office about health insurance question either. Calle 21 times in an hour and a half, busy very time. Will try again on Tuesday.

    Hope this is a meaningful Memorial Day weekend for all. No one I know personally died in the wars that have been fought shortly before I was born and through my lifetime. Have been to memorials for those who gave all. I hope they provide help to those who have lost family and friends. God provides the ultimate peace.`

    Peace, comfort, healing, reconciliation, and recovery for all the needs and concerns of the UR family. The church I attend will also lose their organist the end of June. He gave three reasons, declining attendance, the UMC position on sexuality, and an opportunity to play the organ and work with a 4 part choir at a larger church. I’m sure this is a tough blow for this church. He is well liked and appreciated.

    Thank You, Lord, for all You have done and will do.

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