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.”
O Lord God, when I was a child
in the nursery class in Sunday School,
we sang, “This Little Light of Mine”
and held up our pointer finger.
My grandfather minister told the teacher
that children couldn’t understand
what that song was about.
It seemed perfectly clear to me then.
Sometimes children understand things
that adults can’t explain.
O Lord God, you understand us
as children and as adults.
Thank you for being with us
all our lives long. Amen.
Again Jesus spoke to them saying; “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
Song: “This Little Light of Mine
Lord, on Sunday morning
we sang “Holy, Holy, Holy!”
which conveys a sense of awe
in your presence.
But the word “holy” is hard to define.
One has to feel it.
We bow down in spirit
to acknowledge the numinous.
One summer my minister grandfather
chastised his young intern
for teaching us this hymn.
Grandpa thought it was beyond us.
Lord, you know that children
realize through their senses
things adults don’t understand.
Keep us open to your presence among us. Amen.
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things and by your will they existed and were created.”
Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty
O Lord, we spend our time
going to doctors or hospitals
for check-ups or treatments.
That’s old age for you!
As children we went for shots or accidents.
Lord, you told Elijah to retire
when he had done enough (1 Kings 19) .
I guess that’s how I feel.
Busyness holds no interest.
When I contemplate the future,
I look forward to meeting
those who have gone before;
a reunion with my brother and sister.
How will my grandparents look
now that I am approximately their age?
I look forward to being more fully
in your presence, Lord.
It is something to contemplate.
2 Corinthians 5:1
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
In the church we attend, Lord,
we have three different hymnals
in the pew rack along with a Bible.
And the words of the hymns are shown
on several screens around the sanctuary.
We sing with gusto.
Our choir has an anthem in the middle
of the service and sings
at the beginning and end.
Your presence pervades, Lord.
The preaching is thought provoking.
We go forth renewed.
Guide and lead us in the week ahead. Amen.
Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name.
A rainy day, Lord. April showers.
We need these days to keep things running.
Tasks put off in fine weather.
Now is the time to get them done;
mending, washing clothes, cleaning.
Not fun. But needed in the scheme of things.
Also a time for memories of other days
when Grandparents hovered over us
and now hover from above.
Grandpas taught us how to lose
at Chinese checkers and dominoes
and still be nice about it.
Grandmas showed us how to cut up chickens
and dry dishes with a towel.
Rainy days remind us, Lord,
of your surrounding presence.
“You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.”
Dear Lord, now I have discovered
wrinkles on my nose!
Who would believe it?
It’s not that there are not other ways
to tell us we are growing old.
As children my brother always
had something to say about my pug nose.
Now he is with you, Lord.
I wonder what he would say about this.
And I see wrinkles on my knees,
and there are other signs of aging
such as gray hair and aches and pains.
Let me accept these symptoms
with good humor, Lord.
Thank you for listening. Amen.
So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to all the generations to come.