“God, you appreciate my efforts even when I fail. Truly, I have to fail and know what it is to lose things in order to be successful in the quality of my living.” —Marguerite, age 92
Failure teaches us about our weaknesses and the limits of our power. Loss bids us value the treasure of the here and now, heightening our awareness of the precious moments in which we live. As Marguerite so wisely reminds us, the quality of our days can be shaped beneficially by how we respond to failure and loss. Some of God’s best work in us is done in the wake of unwelcome events.
—Susan Carol Scott, Still Praying After All These Years: Meditations for Later Life (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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So teach us to count our days
that we may gain a wise heart.
—Psalm 90:12, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Sustainer of all that is, give me faith that hopes in what I cannot see. Thank you for the small miracles that find me each day.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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