SiftingNew Every Morning | October 28, 2021
Sometimes you enjoy sifting through old photographs. The images stir your memory of long-ago vacations, birthday parties, weddings, and school events. Reflect today on how God’s hands were clearly evident in your life throughout the years. Realizing God’s presence in the past will help you trust God in the future.
—Missy Buchanan, Spirit Boosters for the Journey of Aging: 366 Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2016)
Have you paused and taken time to look through old photos lately? Carve out some time to do that today, and give thanks that God was present through each up and down. Join the conversation.
I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord; I will remember your wonders of old.
—Psalm 77:11 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, No matter my age or circumstances, make me an instrument of your peace and joy this week. Amen.
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Show your loved ones how much you care by giving them Spirit Boosters for the Journey of Aging, daily reminders that they still have purpose, no matter their age.
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Haven’t looked at a lot of old photos recently, but have one I treasure, Soo Ok and I sitting on a rock during one of our first dates. Saw her at her arcade shop four years earlier and met her again when I was a teacher.at a school near where she lived.
Erich has his lipoma removed today and the newly formed worship team meets via Zoom tonight.
New England fall has come with temps in the mid 30s at night and a high of 55 today. Wind and rain are taking away the leaves.
Yes, looking back, God has been there throughout my life and keeps me going now. Thank You, Lord.
I have a picture of Noonie and Daddy Dad, my maternal grandparents, on my mantel and tell them good morning and look each in the eyes every day. I have many baby pictures of Megan throughout the house. They remind me that God gave me my grandparents so I would learn about selfless love and feeling cherished and protected so that I could pass these gifts to my daughter.
Prayers for Ally and David’s health, finances and prostrate issues. Prayers for Jill as she resumes her dreaded treasurer tasks and continues to prepare for her review. Prayers for Lou and her family for safe travel and continued connection through the grieving process. Prayers for Robert and Erich, for Erich’s surgery to go well and for Robert to find a suitable house to buy. Prayers for Marti and her staff. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.
The family photos are in my mama’s house. I do have a few on my phone. Took a few minutes to look at those. God was present in the lives of my loved ones. God is present still and has sustained us through the toughest of times. Thank You, Lord. Yesterday would have been my Maa-Maw’s 116th birthday. Her life was a testimony of love. I give thanks for her today and every day.
I thank God for this forum and for each of you. I thank God for our rain. This part of Georgia was dry. Blessings von a chilly, wet day.
I know my dad is frequently looking at pictures. I trust him with his emotions and how he feeds his soul. Sometimes photos pop up on my facebook account – which causes me to catch my breath. But – ultimately – all are good memories. All is well. Yes, all shall be very well.
A busy day at school, an hour spent on the line with Amazon Business, without reaching a resolution. It is ok, I was able to do other mostly mindless work while the person on the other end was trying to do a lot of troubleshooting.
Today was a mild day and a I went to Starbucks on my lunch break – a bit of a treat for me. It was a hectic morning as we had a visit from the drug dogs, then a planned fire drill. Then during the first lunch period, someone pulled the fire alarm and we were outside again. All teachers are dreading tomorrow as the students are allowed to dress up for Halloween. Yikes. But, all shall be well. Yes, it will.