Even when you feel tempted to question God’s wisdom for leaving you on the earth for so long, especially if you have chronic health issues or are experiencing loss, remind yourself that as one of God’s senior saints, you have been given a special assignment.
So what is your special assignment? Who does God want you to influence with your late years? How can you use your gifts and talents in different ways than ever before? In late life, you are called to be a witness to God’s grace and faithfulness.
—Missy Buchanan, From Dry Bones to Living Hope: Embracing God’s Faithfulness in Late Life (Upper Room Books, 2021)
How would you answer the questions in today’s reflection?
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Even to old age and gray hairs,
O God, do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might
to all the generations to come.
—Psalm 71:18 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Gracious God, open our eyes to see the gifts in this season of life. May we seek your wisdom and pursue our holy purpose with authentic hearts. Amen.
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In his new book, Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living, Roger Owens invites us to pay attention to our longings and desires. In this brief exercise, he offers scripture, questions for reflection, and a journal prompt so that we might become more aware of our deepening longing for God. Listen here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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