GETTING STARTED

Ah, Lord, sometimes it’s hard
to get started in the morning.
Nothing is urgent.
Most tasks can be put off
without anyone noticing:
such as cleaning the refrigerator or dusting
My husband never sees.
My sister-in-law’s husband
insisted that she dust every day.
Lord, you told Martha
that Mary had chosen the better part.
Lord, it’s nice to just sit and think about things:
When one is old there are so many memories:
forget the bad and remember the good.
Lord, you are with us all the way.
But now it’s time to get started.  Amen.

Proverbs 6:9-ll
How long will you lie there, O lazybones?  When will you rise from your sleep?  A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed warrior.

Luke 10: 41-42
But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing.  Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

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INFIRMITY

Dear Lord, the older we are
the more infirm we become.
Various systems of the body give out
and we end up in a wheelchair
or in bed permanently.
Old age is not really that much fun.
As our bodies wear out,
we lift out eyes to heaven.
We long for the wholeness
which only you can give.
Your love surrounds.
You are our strength in time of need.  Amen.

Psalm 18:1-2
I love you, O LORD of my strength.  The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 

LAZY DAY

Ah, Lord, sometimes it’s hard
to get going in the morning.
I only want to lie back
and do nothing.
What do you say to that, Lord?
Maybe tomorrow I’ll have some pep,
but today I am going to read my book.
On the other hand,
I think I’ll get dressed.
Ah, Lord, I feel lazy.
Your presence surrounds even now.
Thank you for being with me.
You understand.  Amen.

Psalm 23:1-3a
The LORD, is my shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.

GOD’S PRESENCE

Our Father God, we live among people
who are thoughtful and kind.
At times of illness or need,
they try to help out.
But Father, aging is not
as we imagined it would be,
with young  people listening
to our words of wisdom
Today kids know the latest
scientific advances.
They think that’s enough.
But facts are not the answer.to life.
Father God, your presence
in our lives is the real answer.
Thank you for listening.  Amen.

Acts 2:28
You have made known to me the ways of life; you make me full of gladness with your presence.

Hymn:  Abide with Me

WAITING

O Holy God, we bow before you
and open ourselves to your presence within.
We wait expectantly.
We review our schedule for today:
doctor appointments, meetings,
reading, helping others, or shopping.
Guide us, O Holy God,
that we may do your will.
Kindness, consideration, rejoicing, sharing;
all are part of your plan
for growth in your kingdom.
Open our hearts and minds, O Holy God,
to experience your presence in new ways.
We await your guidance. Amen.

Psalm 16: 11
You show us the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Hymn:  Surely the Presence of the Lord

STRING QUARTET

Dear Lord, my husband plays the viola
in a string quartet.
One Sunday the quartet played
during the church service.
Yesterday they played a concert
in The Bistro, a relaxed setting,
of Asbury Methodist Village.
Music adds enjoyment and
reminds us of your presence, Lord.
It expresses our feelings.
Bless musicians, Lord.
They give much pleasure.

Psalm 150:3-5
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 cymbals.

PERSPECTIVE

Dear Lord, a few days ago
I got out my sewing machine
and hemmed an old nightgown
that had caught in the washing machine
which tore many holes in it
near the bottom.
It’s been a while
since I’ve used the machine
and I had to read the directions
again to thread it.
Is that too trivial
to bother you with, Lord?
Your presence calms me.
It puts things in perspective.
Thank you for being with me.  Amen.

Proverbs 2:3
If you indeed cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding; if you seek it like silver, and search for it as for hidden treasures – – then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.