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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