Dear Lord, here in our retirement home
things can change in an instant.
Someone can look perfectly fine
at dinner one minute,
and the next minute
they are on the floor
and the medics are arriving.
We are thankful, Lord,
that you are with us always
no matter what happens.
We look forward to being with you
more fully in heaven. Amen.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Lord, yesterday I visited
an old friend in the Health Care Center.
She continues to radiate your Spirit
though her health is declining.
She is an inspiration to many people
from her church, who enjoy visiting her.
How grateful we are, Lord,
for the continuous line of Spiritual witness
from your day to the present as
your Spirit imparts eternal life.
Do not let us weaken as we approach the change
from this life to the next,
but let us rejoice ever more fully in your love. Amen.
But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.
In the February garden
the weeds are doing their best
to get a head start.
A crocus is blooming.
Daffodils are six to eight inches tall.
With spring on the way
we can enjoy the effort
made by legitimate plants
to fulfill the gardener’s vision.
And you, O God, as you look down
on your human creation,
do you yet have hope that your dream
for humankind will come true?
As plants green up and grow,
will we finally see the light
and fulfill your expectations?
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
When the disciples left everything
to follow you, Lord, they didn’t know
what they were getting into.
So it is with people even today.
On Sunday our minister
challenged those who were listening
to let God lead them into new adventures.
She challenged not only the youth,
but those of middle age, and older folks.
You know, Lord, that I recently
started visiting people in our
health care center. Can I do more?
I am looking into the possibilities.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.
Hymn: Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore
Father in Heaven, on Saturday
my husband and I saw the movie
“Heaven Is for Real.”
If what the four year old saw
and described while he was near death
on the operating table is not real,
it is difficult to explain.
At the end the family of the story
was shown as they are today.
The four year old is now a teenager.
At the end of life, Father in Heaven,
I look forward with hope
to being with you forever.
“In my Father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”
Hymn: When We All Get to Heaven
Each month, Lord,
the people who live on our floor
of this apartment building,
get together to see
if there are any concerns
that need to be addressed
by ourselves or by management.
One time we reported
the raised edge of a sidewalk
where someone had fallen.
Yesterday we got to chatting about
end of life concerns,
which produced much merriment, Lord.
We are at peace with this possibility.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
Hymn: He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought
O Great and Wonderful God,
we enjoy watching the Olympics
on television. Last night
the amazing feats of snowboarding
and ice skating were an inspiration.
I especially like to watch
the ice skaters as singles and in pairs.
How these young people
push themselves to perfection!
Great and Wonderful God,
you want each of us to
be as diligent in sharing your love
with others so that all may enjoy
a crown in your kingdom.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25:
Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one.
Hymn: Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know