Life in the ValleyNew Every Morning | October 4, 2021
Like your biblical ancestors in exile, you have known tremendous loss and grief. You understand what it is like to have relationships, good health, and independence snatched away as you have grown older. Acknowledging the hard realities of aging is key to moving forward in hope. Take your cue from scripture, which is filled with the laments of God’s people crying out to God in their grief and suffering. Take comfort in knowing that Jesus modeled lament when he cried out to God in his last hours.
—Missy Buchanan, From Dry Bones to Living Hope: Embracing God’s Faithfulness in Late Life (Upper Room Books, 2021)
Consider how your life has changed in the last decade. What profound losses have you experienced? Explore your innermost feelings. Join the conversation.
“Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.”
—Ezekiel 37:4 (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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*Attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr
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A railroad friend (2011) and my Mom (2015) have passed away in the last 10 years, I remember Alan modeling the Central Vermont Brill car, At almost 97 and unable to recognize my sister or me due to Alzheimers, Mom’s passing was a blessing. Very thankfully she was helped by the medication she took from age 85 that slowed her dementia and for 10 of her last 12 years she was able to enjoy many aspects of life: church, puzzles, car rides, art exhibits, baseball, concerts, and children. I recently visited the two towns where I grew up and all of the places we called home are still there.
Prayers for Julie and Megan, Jill,Larry, and Becky, Lou and family, Ally & David, NEM friends remembered, not heard from, and unnamed. Thank you all for coming to this site,
Thank You, Lord,
So much loss and so many health changes. Yes, I lament to the Lord daily. Much is still uncertain. I do not even know where I will live next year!
Today they are putting in a new furnance and I must watch h as he leaves and when he comes home as he is nasty to the people who come to work on the house. Tomorrow the doctor’s appointment to begin the hernia test on the road to the surgery. So much happening, my head is spinning.
Prayers for Ally and David, for better health and finances and may David’s PSA results not tell of a dire health issue progressing quickly. Prayers for Jill and Roger as they make their way to the vet, may Roger go into the carrier without resistance and may the vet correctly diagnose and treat the illness. How wonderful to hear from BJ, always chipper and uplifting. Prayers for Robert as he remembers loved ones he has lost, may the memories lead to good memories only. Prayers for Marti and her staff. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here today.
The last decade has seen the Lord graciously grow me in knowledge, relationship and love of Him. And this has eased the transition through health changes, relationship highs and lows, and losing mom. Having a foundational understanding of sovereignty and lament was also instrumental in me working through these occurrences.
Little Roger has been fine since Wednesday night. He doesn’t know what is on the horizon. I hate getting him so distressed and am praying the sedative has a big impact. Having my friend assist me is a blessing.
I am grateful my body has been responding well – tennis 3 times in less than 48 hours, with golf to boot. I am grateful to be re-engaging in physical activity.
Went to leave for school this morning and my garage door opener was not working. I was able to get the door up manually and be on my way. I texted my sister to see if her husband would come take a look at it this week. My uncle – always ready to help – is leaving today with my aunt to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They will spend time on the beaches of Virginia and Maryland.