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.
Beach Calling: A Devotional Journal for the Middle Years and Beyond
From pages 15-16 of Beach Calling by Missy Buchanan. Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
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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 in to my heart and soul again and again. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.
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