Last night, Lord,
in our building,
we attended a concert
for four hands on two pianos.
You didn’t have pianos
in your time on earth,
but you had harps
and other musical instruments.
The concert funded benevolent care
for those who live here
and whose money has run out.
What a wonderful use of one’s talents.
Thank you, Lord, for caring people.
Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clashing symbols!
Hymn: Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service
Dear Lord, when I worked in the office
of an organization of people who are blind,
the leader could not understand
how a good God could allow him to be blind.
Here in our retirement community
some people are losing their sight
along with other aches and pains.
Some things are hard to understand.
Lord, help us to walk hand in hand with you
by faith and not by sight
until all difficulties are overcome.
Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.
His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.”
Hymn: Amazing Grace
O Gracious God, yesterday
my husband and I walked out to our garden
between melting piles of snow
and a slight pattering of rain.
The daffodils and tulips are coming up.
The weeds are thriving.
They are green among last year’s stalks.
How I wanted to sort them out!
We sat on the bench awhile
and enjoyed ourselves.
In another garden we saw a yellow crocus.
Thank you, Gracious God, for creating plants.
They give such pleasure.
Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so.
Hymn: Hymn of Promise
O Lord Jesus, the shoes
I am wearing are giving out.
I’m returning to the store
in which I bought them,
hoping to buy another pair.
As a child, buying new shoes
was an important event.
A baby’s first shoes may be preserved
as a memento of the occasion.
Today, I’m simply replacing
my old ones. You and your disciples
lived in a hot, dry land and wore sandals.
Shoes protect the toes and
are adapted to the climate and culture.
Thank you, Lord, for shoes.
He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts, but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics.
Lord, a few days ago
it was seventy degrees.
My husband said the daffodils
were coming up.
I was hoping to see them,
but it snowed in the night
and snowed in the day.
We are halfway through March.
This is the latest snow on record
for our area. Are you trying
to tell us something, Lord?
Speak, Lord, you have our attention.
He said to me: O mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you. And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me.
Hymn: Lord, Speak to Me
Ah Lord, unless we have planned
to go to dinner with someone,
the staff asks if we would like
to add others to our table.
We enjoy the company.
But now that we’ve been here awhile,
the additions are often people
we’ve eaten with before,
and I wish I could remember
their names. My husband
is better at this than I am.
We are grateful that you
remember everyone by name, Lord.
Help me remember names.
“Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
O Holy Spirit, fill us with love
that we may share
your presence among us
in this retirement community.
At this great age
we need to overlook differences
and simply love each other.
Some seem able to do this
more than others.
Help me to reach out
and not worry about
Come, Holy Spirit,
fill us with your love. Amen.
“What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Hymn: Spirit of the Living God