Now, in my very old years, I love my old self. This is authentic self-love, not selfishness. I am no longer concerned or worried about what other people think about me, nor do I seek their approval. …
This self-acceptance has liberated me to relate with freedom and joy to all people, especially those with dementia. They won’t even know my name, but being with them as a non-anxious presence confirms my true self.
—Richard L. Morgan, Light of Setting Suns: Reflecting on Realities and Mysteries at Ninety Years of Life (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain.
—1 Corinthians 15:10 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord of love, grant me courage to accept my trials, learn to
endure them with patience, and realize that such courage
and faith create character. Amen.
Prayer by Richard L. Morgan
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What does it mean to live a contemplative life? In Everyday Contemplative, Roger Owens challenges readers to expand their definition of contemplative living to encompass all ways of seeking to be more open, available, and responsive to God. Learn more here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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