Scripture tells you to wait on the Lord, but you live in an impatient world that demands instant gratification. God is calling you to model faithful, persistent patience. Reflect on God’s counsel in the psalmist’s words, and consider how you are using time in this season of late life: “Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” (Ps. 27:14).
—Missy Buchanan, From Dry Bones to Living Hope: Embracing God’s Faithfulness in Late Life (Upper Room Books, 2021)
How can you model “persistent patience” in this season of life?
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Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
—Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Gracious God, open our eyes to see the gifts in this season of life. May we seek your wisdom and pursue our holy purpose with authentic hearts. Amen.
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In his new book, Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living, Roger Owens invites us to pay attention to our longings and desires. In this brief exercise, he offers scripture, questions for reflection, and a journal prompt so that we might become more aware of our deepening longing for God.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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