New Adventures

Isaiah 42:10
Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the end of the earth! Let the sea roar and all that fills it, the coastlands and their inhabitants.

An Adventure

Dear Lord, today I had an adventure.
I went for a ride on the shuttle bus.
to visit church friends
who live in the Health Care Center
of our retirement community.
Now that we live here,
I can visit them more often.
There are many activities
that we take part in
to get to know new people,
but I am glad to see
those we knew before coming here.
It brings back memories.
Lord, your care for us
continues in many ways.

1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.

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ANOTHER ADVENTURE

Father, today I went for my first walk
around our retirement complex.
I walked across the street
to one of the other buildings
and sat on a bench
with a canopy over it.
It had rained during the night
and other benches were wet.
Then I came back to our building
and walked out to see our garden.
It was early
and would have been a good time
to weed before the bugs come out.
But that is for another day.
It is good to get around, Father.
My back is better.
It’s a beautiful day.

Psalm 118:24 (RSV)
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Hymn: “This Is the Day”

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OLD FRIEND

Dear Lord,
Our friend from church
is going to move
into our building
in a few months.
It will be good to have her here.
Perhaps we will need to make adjustments
to living so close to each other,
but she has lived in other countries
and is very independent.
I expect she will soon be
the life of the party.
Thank you, Lord, for friends.

Proverbs 17:17a
A friend loves at all times.

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RESPONSIBILITY

Now, Lord of All, our friend,
who is moving into our building,
has asked us to be responsible for her cat,
in case she is moved to a higher care building
where cats are not allowed.
We have resisted efforts
by our grown children
to adopt a cat.
Now, we are signed up, just in case.
Please don’t let anything
happen to our friend.
We really don’t want a cat.
When we expressed this,
our friend thought our reason
for wanting her well-being was flawed.
Lord of All, you mentioned
care for birds, but what about cats?
A little humor is called for.

Proverbs 18:24
Some friends play at friendship but a true friend sticks closer than one’s nearest kin.

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ATTITUDE

When I was growing up
we called people in wheelchairs “crippled.”
Now that term is no longer acceptable.
When we go to dinner
in our retirement complex, Lord,
we are surrounded
by people in wheelchairs zooming around
and people using walkers.
We have to be careful
not to bump into each other.
Rather than being put off
by these mechanical aids,
your love for all of your children
lets us see beyond the aids
to the valuable person.
You show us the way, Lord.

Luke 12:6-7
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?  Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. But even the hairs of your head are all counted.  Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

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ACCEPTANCE

Dear Lord, we are in a caring place.
When I see couples coming to dinner
and one of the two is physically disabled,
either using a wheelchair or walker,
I wonder if this could be us
in a few years.
Then there are those
with mental incapacities.
It takes a bit of getting used to, Lord.
It must have been wonderful,
when you touched people
and made them well.
I wish I could do that.
But making contact
with the real person
is healing, in a way,
for both of us.
Thank you for leading the way.

Matthew 4:23
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

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TRIUMPHS

Meeting so many people
who are in our age group
and hearing their stories,
I begin to realize
that no one’s life is perfect.
Almost all have lost their parents
and some have lost children
or grandchildren or have had
other tragedies.  Being rich
or famous doesn’t make one
invulnerable.  Lord, we all
need you in our lives
to feel valued and special.
It is wonderful
to live in this community
where people have overcome
to lead joyful lives
in your Spirit.

John 16:33
“I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace.  In the world you face persecution.  But take courage; I have conquered the world!”

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STORIES

When we go to dinner, Lord,
we get to know new people
and learn the stories
of their lives: scientists,
doctors, artists, ministers,
musicians, school teachers,
accountants, and other occupations.
We hear about children,
grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Then there are the activities
that people take part in here.
And many have exciting travels
to talk about.
We get to tell our stories, too.
There is never a lack
of conversation.
Thank you, Lord,
for your wonderful world
and the great diversity of experience.

Psalm 36:5
Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.