My mind is drawn to occasions in the past when I felt vulnerable and defenseless–times of poor decision, rejection, and disappointment throughout the years. This melancholy moment of reflection redirects my thoughts to something deep inside. Life is brief, and aging is real. I feel it in my joints. I feel it every time I lose my reading glasses or when I hear that another friend has died. Yet somehow just acknowledging the reality of aging is liberating; I don’t want to pretend to be young. I want to be bold enough to be authentic; I want to be faithful enough to prepare for life’s challenges. Some say that growing old is too depressing to ponder. But here at the beach, I confront an important truth: To be strong, I must first be vulnerable.
—Missy Buchanan, Beach Calling: A Devotional Journal for the Middle Years and Beyond (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
—Hebrews 4:13 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Like the waves of the ocean rolling onto the sand, may God’s glorious grace, rush into my heart and soul, again and again.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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