Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran.
This is the week we will move
whether the house is sold or not.
Our daughters will help
We have decided
to take the house off the market
and remove the carpets
and wall paper.
After our furniture is removed,
people will be able
to see the house better.
Then we hope it will sell
before too long.
We have a loan until then.
We are counting on you, Lord,
to see us through.
Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
Hymn: “How Firm a Foundation” verse 2
MORE ACHES AND PAINS
O Lord, now I’ve done it.
As I lifted the glass table top
on the deck to wash it,
my back wrenched.
I’ve washed that top many times.
It’s not that heavy,
but it just caught my back today.
I continued trying to paint trim
with my daughter,
but I wasn’t much help.
She got it done.
We will move soon and I am a mess.
Lord, how could this happen?
In spite of it,
we are going out to dinner
with a friend, who is so thoughtful.
Thank you, Lord, for those
who care in the midst of disaster.
1 Corinthians 12:26
If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.
My daughters are packing everything
that will move with us.
Thank you, Great God,
for our wonderful daughters.
They know just what to do.
I am keeping out of the way—
by packing little things and cleaning.
The movers come tomorrow.
Some things will stay here
for the sale after we move.
I try to sort things
before they get packed.
The marvel is
that we all get along so well
under the strain.
Thank you, Great God
for your guidance and love
in the thick of things.
You indeed are my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me.
Hymn: “Lead On, O King Eternal”
MOVING DAY TOMORROW
Lord, we sleep here in our house tonight
and in our apartment tomorrow night.
The moving company
will make the bed,
and put things away in the kitchen.
We will sleep in our guest room tonight
since that furniture
will later go on sale.
Moving is an adventure, Lord.
If my back didn’t hurt
everything would be fine.
Give me strength, Lord.
For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.
I was looking forward
to the excitement of moving,
but instead of enjoying it,
I have a sore back
and moving around is painful.
My daughters have packed for two days
and are still packing
as the moving men carry things out.
Is this pain psychological?
I have always liked change,
but maybe I don’t know myself
as well as I thought.
You, Lord, are my relief and joy
at all times, even in pain.
Thank you, Lord, for your continuing presence.
“And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Hymn: “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”
has been different
from other neighborhoods
we have lived in.
The people here lead
They don’t get together.
We organized a couple of block parties
when we first moved here,
but no one continued it.
I hope to see our immediate neighbors
or will leave a note
to say “good-bye”
and give our new address
in case something comes up
that we need to know.
Watch over all of us, Lord.
We need your care.
He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and, your neighbor as yourself.”
Father God, our bird feeders
will have to stay
with the house
or be given away.
Our seventh floor apartment
with a balcony
is no place for them.
I have seen bird feeders
on the lawn of these apartments.
I wonder who takes care of them.
I know you will feed them, Father.
Thank you for birds
and for your care.
“Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.”
There at the side of the yard
sits our old canoe.
It’s heavy compared to today’s models
and too heavy for us to carry anymore.
We enjoyed using it in streams and lakes
when we were young.
We still have the paddles, life vests,
and seat cushions to go with it
in the garage.
We are grateful, Lord,
that our grandson decided to take it
and store it at his mother’s house.
We hope he will enjoy it
as we did. Being close to the water
is a special reminder
of your presence with us.
It speaks of your calming the water
and of the Holy Spirit within.
They went to him and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he woke up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; they ceased, and there was a calm.
Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Creative God, I have always enjoyed
But this time it’s hard to let go
of the familiar.
This time it’s so final.
It’s looking forward
to smaller space
rather than larger.
Having more people around
will be wonderful,
but it will mean
few outdoor places of solitude
to talk with you, O Creative God.
Yet sharing your Spirit with others
is part of knowing your presence.
Lead me as I look for you
in new places and people.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Hymn: “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty”