Today's Lectionary Text
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
When evildoers assail me
Though an army encamp against me,
One thing I asked of the Lord,
For he will hide me in his shelter
Now my head is lifted up
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
Do not turn your servant away in anger,
Teach me your way, O Lord,
I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
As a caregiver for my folks for the last four years, I have needed to rely on the Lord a lot. When my mom is down for any reason, I try to use Scripture to remind her (and myself) whose we are. Growing older is difficult, no matter how strong your faith. We cannot imagine walking this path without God.
A favorite saying between us is, “We can’t see around the corner, but God can.”
On Nov. 19 my father, and Mom’s husband of 60 years, passed away. He had made it through an extensive surgery, and we thought this would be like all the other times. He had many medical issues over the last four years. We had begun to call him “the comeback kid.” So it really was a surprise when he passed, as he had made it through so many times earlier.
Dad’s death was painful enough for us. Along with the grieving there have been twists and turns as we navigate the paperwork and financial issues left to a widow. I have discovered that there are truly times that, “No One Understands Like Jesus.” When you have done your part, and just have to wait and trust that things will resolve themselves.
Psalms 27 has been such a comfort to us. I love the ending the most.
“But I have sure faith that I will experience the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!
Hope in the Lord! Be strong! Let your heart take courage! Hope in the Lord!” Psalms 27:13-14
Five Rivers District
Prayer for Reflection
Dear Heavenly Father, we humbly acknowledge that there are often situations out of our control. We thank you that you give us many promises of your care and love for us, always!
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