June 19, 2011

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“Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”
2 Corinthians 13:11-13 (NSRV)

My 90-year-old Dad lives with relative ease by placing everything he needs—tissues, eye gel, his cup of Sprite and the TV remote—within easy reach of his reclining chair. The pull-chain to request help dangles by his left side.

His scooter provides mobility and glorious freedom. Three times a day, aides lift him onto the driver’s seat and he meanders down the hall to the dining room. With vision in just one eye, he miraculously avoids hallway tables adorned with silk flowers–and more importantly, other residents.

My dad lives in the present, accepting his declining health with grace. He dozes during much of the day, awakening with a smile when one of his three daughters walks in the room. He jokes with his caretakers and often grieves when they leave for other jobs. God is surely with him.

Prayer:
Gracious Lord, may we live each day in love and peace, releasing unnecessary possessions, desires and worries. Amen

Question:
How can I put things in order in my daily life?

Written by Diane Glass

The Bridge is a collaborative ministry by four Downtown Des Moines churches. The Bridge Meditations are part of the ministry of The Bridge which is working to enrich the lives of those working, living and visiting downtown Des Moines. Programs developed by The Bridge offer spiritual formation and development, professional counseling, holistic health and family support. The Connection Cafe is a Bridge ministry which provides a free mid-day meal five days per week. The Connection Cafe is located next to the YWCA on Grand Avenue and is supported by many churches and civic organizations in its ministry. For more information, or to volunteer to help with The Bridge, The Connection Cafe or other Downtown Des Moines ministries contact Rob Hoover at 515-771-1481 or by email at theconnectioncafe@hotmail.com
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