I am reminded of how quickly life can change. Life can go from brilliant to brutal in the blink of an eye: devastating diagnosis, the death of a loved one, a dreadful accident. As I pull a beach towel over my head to shelter myself from the rain that has begun to fall, I glance up to see a line of birds on the rooftop of a nearby cottage, facing the wind. I remember what someone once told me: Birds often face the wind during a storm to reduce their resistance to it. Once safety inside my cottage, I begin to wonder. Am I faithful enough to face my own mortality? Am I courageous enough to stare squarely into the uncertainty of my later years–the physical challenges, the loss of loved ones, the diminished independence? After the storm passes, I step outside to take in the splendor of a rainbow and the heavenly scent that follows the rain. The chirping birds soar above the ocean and a grin begins to stretch across my face.
—Missy Buchanan, Beach Calling: A Devotional Journal for the Middle Years and Beyond (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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Stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
—1 Corinthians 16:13 (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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