I got a text from a friend yesterday morning. It was an update on a friend of his who had just passed away. He had been walking with his friend through his illness and impending death. I felt a wave of sadness as the text led with the notice of the death. But the short text concluded with “Confident on his eternity. Diagnosed 4 years ago, he took the time to do it right :-)”. The text made me smile, and left me with a real sense of peace. A peace for my friend and for his friend as well.
So often we are faced with the anxiety, stress and worry of the challenges of daily life. In those times I wonder what would happen if we paused and took the time to ask ourselves: “Am I doing it right?” Things can get pretty complicated when digging into the question of “doing it right”. But that’s not the real question we should be asking. As the simple text states, it’s not about doing it right, it’s about taking the time. If we look back on life to when we took the time, we’d see that we were probably at our best, doing life right!
Take Care, Pr. Dan
I am on the receiving end of several daily, weekly, and monthly email devotional and spiritual messages. These regular messages are a great resource of stories that are the foundation of my ministry work. I received one such message recently that I’d like to dedicate to a guy who recently hit another annual life landmark. It comes from a group that I’d gladly give credit, but since I’m doing this without permission, I’m not sure they’d want responsibility. I’m not sure who wrote it, I’d give credit if I knew, but rest assured I didn’t (although I wish I had). Needless to say, prayers are good and this one is worth repeating, especially for that guy I mentioned above. I hope he reads it and learns from it!
A PRAYER FOR THOSE GROWING OLDER
Lord, Thou knowest that I am growing older.
Keep me from becoming talkative and possessed with the idea that I must express myself on every subject.
Release me from the craving to straighten out
Keep me from the recital of endless detail.
Give me wings to get to the point.
Seal my lips when I am inclined to tell of my aches and pains; they are increasing with the years and my love to speak of them grows sweeter as time goes by.
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally
I may be wrong.
Make me thoughtful but not nosy; helpful but not bossy.
With my vast store of wisdom and experience it does seem a pity not to use it all. But Thou knowest, Lord,
that I want a few friends at the end.
Take Care, Pastor Dan
(Oh, and by the way, Happy Birthday… to ME! I especially like the “Give me wings…” verse!)