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.
“And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
When we approach the golden gate
(not the one in San Francisco)
but the one to heaven,
which opens to us raggedy miscreants
after we’ve changed our clothes
and displayed our entrance papers,
not everyone has the proper credentials;
some have torn them up, tossed them out,
or didn’t bother with them in the first place.
What can anyone say?
Will there really be crying and gnashing of teeth
if folks are turned away?
But some say there is good in everyone,
that we have no choice
but to be remolded in His likeness,
even though it takes years!
We have to chuckle to think
what a surprise that would be
for the bad guys and the good alike.
Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates.
Today, Lord, is my time to visit
residents of the Health Care Center
of our retirement community.
On this floor the door is locked
so residents can’t wander off.
Some are bedfast.
Some walk a short distance.
Most gather in the television room.
One sits in the dining room
and looks out the window.
For some old age is a fearsome time.
Others are cheerful and content.
They tell of long lives of service
in your kingdom.
Your love surrounds us all, Lord.
We are in your care.
1 Timothy 5:1-2:
Do not speak harshly to an older man, but speak to him as to a father, to younger men as brothers, to older women as mothers, to younger women as sisters—with absolute purity.
Hymn: Soon and Very Soon
Holy Spirit, dwell within us.
Lead us into fullness of life.
Business is not the whole answer.
There is being in your presence
and finding rest for one’s soul.
Without quiet times to allow
your Spirit to minister to us,
we are empty cisterns.
Fill us with your presence.
Still our anxieties.
We bow before you in silence,
waiting for the “peace that passes understanding”
to restore and energize our lives.
Come, Holy Spirit. Amen.
But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
Hymn: Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
Lord Jesus, you recognized
that your disciples sometimes
needed rest. We all need
time in your presence to unwind
and release burdens to your care.
We let go, let down, and rely
on your Spirit to relieve and refresh us.
Our rough places are smoothed.
Lord, you give life, health, and wisdom
as we rest in your care.
Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.
The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest awhile.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
Hymn: Near to the Heart of God
Dear Lord, as children we were taught
to say “grace” before meals.
During a period of “grace”
one may have extra time to pay bills.
In the dictionary the word grace
refers to “unmerited divine assistance,”
“a virtue coming from God,” and a
“ state of sanctification.”
Dear Lord, grace is the gift
of your presence offered to all who
will accept it.
2 Corinthians 13:13:
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.
Hymn: Amazing Grace
Lord Our God, we know
that you are with us always.
But sometimes we almost forget
and feel we are alone, although
we have your wonderful creation,
Christians from many churches,
and your Holy Spirit around us.
Open our hearts and minds
to be aware of your many gifts to us,
that we may be ready to receive them.
Lord Our God, we bow in silence
and await your filling
that we may be effective servants.
“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 that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Hymn: Lead On, O King Eternal