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.
This would be my consolation; I would even exult in unrelenting pain; for I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
Lord, I’m sitting on our 7th floor balcony
of this retirement community
with my morning cup of coffee.
It’s 70º. Birds fly by.
The red geranium nearby
and window boxes of begonias
attached to the balcony railing
are my companions.
My husband moved a little table
to my side for my coffee cup.
A distant railroad train whistles
and rumbles by. The sky is overcast.
Sooner or later it will rain.
Thank you, Lord, for contentment
in old age. Amen.
I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.
Hymn: God Will Take Care of You
Father God, when my husband and I
were first married, we agreed to tithe,
while we worked to furnish our apartment.
Our relatives gave us many things.
Through the years we accumulated
a house and furnishings, along with children.
Now our children have their own homes.
When we moved to this retirement community
we sold some things, gave away some,
and put other things on the curb for pick up.
We had to downsize to fit in this apartment.
It doesn’t take much to be happy.
We have been blessed. Thank you, Father God.
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.”
Hymn: There Shall Be Showers of Blessing
Lord Jesus, teachers
in Sunday school are special people.
Teaching and helping others to learn
takes knowledge and sensitivity.
Sunday school teachers are usually volunteers.
The teachers of young children
are given materials with a story
and directions for a craft project.
Older children have a lesson and discussion.
The minister usually teaches
12 or 13 year olds for confirmation
and to prepare for joining the church.
Churches offer classes for adults
to continue to grow in understanding.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for teachers.
Jesus went out again beside the sea; the whole crowd gathered around him, and he taught them.
Hymn: A Charge to Keep I Have
O Creative God, the garden is blooming furiously.
Rain has worked its wonders.
The daylilies are joyous in the morning sun.
Plants grow out of the soil.
We don’t know exactly how.
Butterflies and bees are out
patrolling the wonders of creation.
Nature is one of your gifts to us.
I enjoy the weeds because I get to see
the whole plant as I pull them up.
Creative God, the profusion of plants
expresses your amazing creativity.
We are humbled. Thank you. Amen.
God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.”
Hymn: Hymn of Promise
Lord, it’s that time of year
when tomatoes are ripening
and growers are beginning
to give them to friends or,
in this retirement community,
to place them on the give-away table.
Then others may enjoy tomatoes
after contributing to the garden fund.
Thank you, Lord, for the earth
and its bounty of good food.
Thank you, Lord, for farmers
and gardeners who grow
and share their produce..
We are blessed. Thank you, Lord.
O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
Hymn: Now Thank We All Our God
Dear God, your love
is shown in many ways:
through parents, husbands, wives,
children, other relatives, and friends.
The connections we are born with
and those we develop with others
give us support and expand
our understanding of love.
People in our local church
and in churches throughout the world
are there to love us in your name.
Even saints beyond the grave foster us.
Dear God, we have received
so that we also may give.
Thank you, Dear God.
But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.
1 Corinthians 13:13:
And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
Hymn: Your Love, O God, Has Called Us Here