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
Staying Praying after All These Years
From page 55 of Still Praying After All These Years: Meditations for Later Life by Susan Carol Scott. Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
Is there a way to change how you interpret loss and thus change your response? Share your thoughts.
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 can and cannot see. Thank you for giving me life and for the small miracles that find me each day. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.
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