For most of my life, I had been the caregiver offering help and support, especially to people with dementia and their caregivers. Now … I am the one who needs care and support. I have learned to embrace my growing identity as a receiver. I have learned that receiving help graciously is a sacred practice. Instead of complaining about my loss of control, I am able to express gratitude to everyone who reaches out to help me.
—Richard L. Morgan, Light of Setting Suns: Reflecting on Realities and Mysteries at Ninety Years of Life (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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“When you are old, you will stretch out your
hands, and others will dress you and take you
where you don’t want to go.”
—John 21:18 (NLT)
Prayer for the Week
Lord of love, grant me courage to accept my trials, learn to
endure them with patience, and realize that such courage
and faith create character. Amen.
Prayer by Richard L. Morgan
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What does it mean to live a contemplative life? In Everyday Contemplative, Roger Owens challenges readers to expand their definition of contemplative living to encompass all ways of seeking to be more open, available, and responsive to God. Learn more here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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