PAIN MANAGEMENT

What a wonder, Lord,
to see
people walking easily,
as though it was natural.
Only a month ago,
my hurt and swollen feet
could barely hold me up.
I’d walked too much
during a vacation.
I didn’t know that was possible.
Now they feel normal again.
I give thanks
for what I used to take for granted.
Our bodies perform wonders every day.
Thank you, Lord, for health
and your reassuring presence
during times of pain.

Job 6:10
This would be my consolation; I would even exult in unrelenting pain; for I have not denied the words of the Holy One.

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ASKING

God of our fathers and mothers,
you know that as we get older
our first memories are still strong
while others fade away.
I think I have accepted my childhood
but sometimes feelings erupt;
anger, tears…when I least expect.
You know about those things, God.
You pulled me through.
Without those memories
I wouldn’t be who I am.
Take away the hurt, Lord,
so I may have peace.

Psalm 73:26
My flesh and heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

PERSPECTIVE

O Lord my God,
The older I get the more I wonder
that you care about  people
when there are so many of us.
We are like locusts covering the earth.
Yet we understand
that you care for each one
as a precious creation.
Today, help me to see each person I meet
as a special gift

Psalm 8:4-5
What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?  Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.

SPECIAL

O Lord, I have always wanted to be special.
Now I read about someone
who celebrated being ordinary
among ordinary folks.
It gave me such a feeling of relief:
to not have to prove something.
Lord, your presence within
makes us special.
Forgive me, Lord, for trying so hard
to be better than others,
rather than accepting myself as I am:
one of your children,
all of whom are special

Psalm 105:4
Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually.

Luke 13:30
Indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.

 

 

TRANSFORMATION

O Lord, I saw one today: One of your miracles.
People I hadn’t seen for a while
are being transformed
by working very hard in your fields.
It was your power at work among those
I thought not worthy of you.
Forgive me, Lord.
I didn’t understand
what your love can do
in the lives of those
who serve you in others.
I saw the gold shine out
of what I thought was dross.
I am humbled Lord.
Your greatness is not of this world.
It is beyond comprehension.
I see how a mustard seed can become a tree.

Matthew 13:31b-32
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it is grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

ORDINARY DAY

The crossword puzzle is almost done.
Two interesting books are on the table beside me.
The jigsaw puzzle is partially worked.
The apartment is clean enough.
The world is still out there,
though with various nuclear build-ups.
One wonders how much longer.
Will our grandson get to live out his life?
TV shows of Armageddon do not reassure.
We would be afraid, Lord, if you were not in charge.
You are with us whether here or there.

Matthew 28:20b
“And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”